A fifth round pick out of Wisconsin injured the knee during practice on Thursdy and the team’s worst fears were realized on Friday, although Packers’ head coach Mike McCarthy did not confirm the diagnosis only saying, “I haven’t had time to sit down with the medical staff,” coach Mike McCarthy said about 11 a.m. “Right now, he has a knee. He completed practice yesterday.”
The former Badgers standout jogged from the field to the sideline while wearing a huge sleeve on his knee, but remained on the sideline for the duration of Friday’s practice.
Abbrederis was already a fan favorite after starring for the in-state Badgers for the past few years where his gritty play endeared himself to fans across the Big Ten and was in line to be a candidate to return punts as a rookie this year and vie for team in multiple wide receiver sets on offense.
Durability has been a concern for the 6-1, 195-pound receiver dating back to his time in high school when he suffered a broken femur and was reported to have suffered at least three concussions during his college career with Wisconsin and had to leave the Senior Bowl early with a hamstring injury.
A torn ACL ends his rookie season before it could even begin so the Packers will have to adjust through the remainder of the preseason to find a punt returner and depth at the wide receiver position without the services of Abbrederis who had been a pleasant surprise in the first week of camp.
It will be interesting to see if Green Bay places the fifth round pick on waivers as they juggle the constraints of the roster limits or if they remain committed to the rookie despite now having him for the year.