It has been one of the nagging questions of training camp. When will rookie fourth-round pick Vince Biegel get on the field?
The answer remains a mystery.
We know it won’t be this week. Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Biegel will not practice or play this week. The team is obviously being cautious with Beigel, who is trying to return from foot surgery. Although he had the surgery in May, the injury is a holdover from his senior season at Wisconsin.
“The history of the injury, the reoccurrence, there’s probably a threshold or two more that the medical staff really want to make sure he’s clear of,” McCarthy said. “Because a setback is always something you want to avoid. And we haven’t had any setbacks, it’s just a matter of where he is, and the progress of rehab.”
As the weeks go on, the chances of Biegel making an impact anytime soon diminish. There is now talk that he might open the season on the physically unable to perform list. That would sideline him for at least the first six weeks of the season.
That’s bad news for the Packers’ pass rush. The team drafted him to help in that department. With Kyler Fackrell starting to look more and more like a bust every day, the defense could use Biegel.
When you throw in the injury-prone nature of starting outside linebackers Clay Matthews and Nick Perry, you can see how this might be a problem.