GREEN BAY, Wis. — Add Whitney Mercilus to the growing list of gamers the top-seeded Green Bay Packers might return for their playoff run.
The veteran pass-rusher, who was believed to be lost for the season after he tore his left biceps on Nov. 14 versus the Seattle Seahawks, was designated to return off hurt reserve. He practiced on Thursday, simply 60 days after the injury.
“He’s been saying since the night that he got hurt, he’s like, ‘I’m going to be back. I’m coming back. I promise you, I’m coming back,'” Packers protective organizer Joe Barry stated Thursday. “He’s worked his tail off to get to where he’s at, [but] yes, I was completely surprised that it was as early as today. It was great to have him out there.”
The Packers signed the 2012 first-round tease Oct. 21, simply days after the Houston Texans launched him. He was hurt in his 4th video game with the Packers and had one sack and 2 quarterback strikes with his brand-new group.
He was put on hurt reserve Nov. 16, and even coach Matt LaFleur figured then that Mercilus was provided for the season.
“That’s a tough one,” LaFleur stated at the time. “Man, I feel bad for him. Shoot, he would’ve had potentially a second sack right there [on the play on which he was injured]. Just the stability he brings to that room, and this guy’s a pro’s pro. He’s been doing this at a very high level for a long time. It’s just one of those unfortunate things that happen.”
Mercilus, 31, stated he signed with the Packers for one factor.
“Trying to get a championship,” he stated upon his arrival in Green Bay. “So the best option, I thought, was coming here with the winning mentality.”
Mercilus is amongst a number of gamers who did not end up the routine season however might return for the Packers’ very first championship game on Jan. 22 or 23 in the NFC divisional round. That list likewise consists of fellow outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith, who has actually not played considering that the season opener since of back surgical treatment; cornerback Jaire Alexander, who has actually not played considering that his Week 4 shoulder injury; receiver Randall Cobb, who went through core muscle surgical treatment in late November; and right deal with Billy Turner, who missed out on the last 4 video games since of a knee injury. All of those gamers practiced in some capability today.
The Packers likewise got 2 gamers who had actually missed out on substantial time back for recently’s regular-season ending: left deal with David Bakhtiari and center Josh Myers.