Derek Sherrod Will Not Be Helping Packers Offensive Line

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Derek Sherrod

Derek Sherrod

Former first-round pick Derek Sherrod will not be riding to the rescue to save the Green Bay Packers terrible offensive line. Sherrod, who suffered a gruesome leg injury last December, has been deactivated for the season.

Sherrod has been on the physically unable to perform list all season, but started practicing two weeks ago on a limited basis. The Packers had to decide whether to add him to the 53-man roster this week or shut him down for the remainder of the season.

Sherrod reportedly was still walking with a noticeable limp.

“He’s coming off a major injury where you see progression throughout the week,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “The padded practices is actually what he needs, is probably where he looks the best, it has a chance to loosen up. He just needs more time. I thought he progressed each week and even within the week he got better.”

The Packers offensive line has struggled since right tackle Bryan Bulaga was lost for the season and they weren’t particularly good before that.

If Sherrod is another month away, it makes sense to shut him down. If there was a chance he could have returned in a couple weeks, well, why not stow him on the active roster until he’s ready?

Is that one guy at the bottom of the Packers roster really someone they just couldn’t do without?

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12 Comments on "Derek Sherrod Will Not Be Helping Packers Offensive Line"

  1. Ivonitonvikingfans

    Did they really think this guy would be able to help this year? Tough break for this kid. Hopefully he pans out next year or it’s another 1st rd miss. TT drafts 5 OL and 2 Kickers in 2013? I just hope they don’t keep drafting them with “versatility” in mind. These jack of all and master of none types = suck. Draft guards to play guards and tackles to play tackles. And at least someone with some balls.

  2. Ender

    REALLY!? We have revolving doors for an offensive line, if MM said he was getting better, then why the fuck do you deactivate some one who could help? What the hell is going on out there!? God help us all….

  3. Vijay

    I just love the consistency of our team’s draft picks…that’s sarcasm people. I’m here all night….

  4. Cuban

    He cant be much worse than whats out there now, especially when the only backups are undrafted rookies. If they are yhat bad that they dont warrant a shot in the lineup, why are they your only backups

  5. Savage57

    2013 Packers Draft

    Rd 1 – Offensive Lineman
    Rd 2 – Offensive Lineman
    Rd 3 – Offensive Lineman
    and so on…

    You get the idea

  6. Chris

    This is why its time to make a splash in free agency at left tackle. Last year Sherrod could not crack the starting lineup. Once he got playing time, this was a God awful injury. Now he will have the better part of 2 years since he has played a down of football. Nothing against him personally, but its a stretch that he will ever become the bookend left tackle we had hoped for. And we don’t have the time to find out.
    Plain and simple, Rodgers is the franchise on offense. You need to insure him with the most important position on the o-line, left tackle.
    I agree with drafting some o-line as well. But we don’t have the time to develop the only position where we are at our worst.

  7. Iltarion

    You went 15-1 with Marshall Newhouse as your left tackle. He has been playing fine. Osi Umenyora will make even the top LTs look bad from time to time.

    In the words of Phil Jackson, “Give them some fuckin credit.”

    Sherrod and Bulaga will both be back next year. You sit Sherrod for the remainder of this year because he is a second year player, and you don’t want to rush him back and risk his long term health.

    Other than addressing the center position, I don’t see the Packers doing squat with this offensive line.

    What might be the better question that people are not asking is why not let Barclay play RT and put TJ Lang back where he belongs at LG? At least that way, you only have an issue at one spot instead of two. If Barclay needs help, you give it to him, and let the rest of the OL play.

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