Inside linebacker Desmond Bishop and fullback John Kuhn were activated from the physically unable to perform list Tuesday, but tight end Andrew Quarless, left tackle Derek Sherrod, offensive lineman Jaymes Brooks, outside linebacker Frank Zombo and defensive lineman Johnny Jones remain on PUP.
Quarless will almost certainly begin the season on the list, meaning he’ll miss at least the first six games. Sherrod could face a similar fate if his surgically repaired right leg doesn’t allow him to get on the practice field in the next week or two. The former Mississippi State star broke his tibia and fibula last December and then suffered what head coach Mike McCarthy recently termed a “setback” in the spring.
As for Brooks, Zombo and Jones, their chances of making the team are dwindling by the day. And it’s too bad because all three players – especially the first two – would’ve been right in the mix for spots on the final roster. Brooks is a better athlete and boasts a more impressive resumé than the other young interior linemen competing for backup jobs. And Zombo, who started in the Super Bowl only 18 months ago, has more upside than Erik Walden and Brad Jones and more experience than Dezman Moses and Vic So’oto.
There’s always a chance Brooks and Zombo could stay on PUP once the season starts, but that seems doubtful. More than likely, they’ll either be activated and eventually released or they’ll receive an injury settlement. Either way, their time in with the Packers appears to be running out. And that’s a shame.