Sherrod May Return After All, But Borel is Done

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Derek Sherrod

It was assumed that tackle Derek Sherrod, who has been on the physically unable to perform list after breaking his leg last December, would get placed on injured reserve and lose the entire season. Instead, the Green Bay Packers have designated Sherrod to return to practice, giving them another three weeks to decide if he’ll play this season or go on injured reserve.

Receiver Diondre Borel wasn’t so lucky. The Packers released the former college quarterback from the practice squad injured list, ending what was once thought to be promising future career.

Borel was a surprise in training camp in 2011 and was expected to compete for a roster spot in 2012. Even though he showed flashes of his promise, Borel was ultimately slowed by injuries and beaten out by undrafted rookie Jarrett Boykin for the sixth receiver spot.

Either Borel began to regress or failed to progress this season and the Packers decided to move on.

Sherrod’s situation makes a little more sense. Bryan Bulaga went down with what could be a rather severe hip injury on Sunday. The Packers are buying some time with Sherrod while they see what happens with Bulaga.

It’s possible Sherrod could be a late-season fill in at one of the tackle spots. The Packers are extremely thin on the offensive line behind their starters and primary backup Evan Dietrich-Smith.

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

7 Comments on "Sherrod May Return After All, But Borel is Done"

  1. TyKoSteamboat

    I hope Sherrod becomes a top-flight left tackle. He was a 1st round draft pick & needs to live up to that.
    Look at the Eagles rite now. Be happy thats not our situation at offensive line.

  2. TyKoSteamboat

    We’ve proven that we can plug anyone into a reciever position & be successful.
    Example: Cobb, Jones & Driver in for Nelson & Jennings…
    The second most important position on our offense is probably Left Tackle & then maybe Center

  3. iltarion

    This is a rare surprising move. One would have to think that the injury to Bulaga plays a role. If the Packers could get a functional Derek Sherrod back at ANY time this season, the timing couldn’t be better.

    I have seen some fans take shots at Sherrod for how long it is taking for him to return. I assume those fans didn’t see the play where Sherrod’s leg was snapped like a twig in two places. Still less than a year ago.

    This is an unexpected ending to the preseason story of Borel and Gurley. Both expected to be somebody. Both ultimately released. The end.

  4. BD Swingin'

    Borel is a prime example that people sometimes get too hyped over little things during training camp.

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