This year’s first-round draft pick’s season is over, but last year’s first-round pick’s is just beginning.
The Green Bay Packers placed rookie outside linebacker Nick Perry on season-ending injured reserve on Wednesday, one day after having surgery on his wrist.
Facing two deadline-driven decisions, the Packers filled Perry’s roster spot by activating tight end Andrew Quarless from the physically unable to perform list and have cleared last year’s No. 1 pick, offensive tackle Derek Sherrod, to practice when the team returns from its bye on Monday.
Quarless had practiced for the last three weeks, meaning the Packers had to either activate him to the 53-man roster or put him on injured reserve on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Sherrod’s time on PUP was over. The Packers had to either put Sherrod on injured reserve or allow him to practice. Even though the team isn’t practicing this week, Sherrod’s three-week window started on Wednesday and his roster exemption ends on Nov. 28.
Sherrod broke his leg at Kansas City on Dec. 18. He was drafted to be the team’s left tackle of the future but might be needed at right tackle, depending on the prognosis for starter Bryan Bulaga, who injured his hip against Arizona. Sherrod played right tackle at Atlanta and Kansas City last season.
Perry started five of his six games and finished with 29 tackles and two sacks.
With Quarless, the Packers have five tight ends on the roster – just like last year. Last season, Quarless caught just three passes for 36 yards but had challenged Tom Crabtree as the unit’s best blocker. As a rookie in 2010, when he was asked to fill the shoes of Jermichael Finley, he caught 26 passes for 284 yards and one touchdown.
Extra point: The Packers-Giants game remains the Sunday night matchup for Week 12, the league announced.
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