It's officially "Back to Football" for Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Derek Sherrod who was removed from the PUP list and cleared to practice for the first time in more than one year. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Derek Sherrod: Remember him?


He hasn’t had pads on for more than a year, but Thursday Green Bay Packers first round draft pick, Derek Sherrod, gets his shot at taking some shots of his own when he will join the rest of his teammates at practice Thursday.

He was on the field for the first time today and will be able to “knock some rust off” starting tomorrow when he lines us fully padded.

In an interview with the Green Bay Press Gazette today, here is what Sherrod had to say about being removed from the PUP list and given the clearance to start practicing with the team:

“It was very special. I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time and just to have the chance to be out there next to my teammates in the line, out there just having fun with them.”

“It’s going to be a great time. I’m going to go out there, practice hard, just looking forward to knocking a little bit more of the rust off, and getting back out there and having some fun.”

Sherrod, who broke his leg in two places at Kansas City near the end of 2011, hasn’t seen the field since. The Packers have been very careful in bringing their 2011 first round draft pick around.

However, he was the first of those on the PUP list to be removed. Other players still mired on the list are Safety Sean Richardson, defensive lineman Jerel Worthy and guard J.C. Tretter.

Starting tomorrow, Sherrod will be able to dig in and start hitting.

“I’m definitely going to go out there, push myself and work hard and get back into the rotation and help my team out.”

The Packers suffered injuries along the offensive line early in training camp, but have been consistent during the first five games. While the pass protection has been leaky at times with the current line, the run blocking has been much improved. Out of the past four games the Packers have recorded 100-yard-plus rushers in three of them. Leading the way has been rookie Eddie Lacy.

Sherrod is the first to think he wants to be a part of the mix.

But how the Packers get him back into that mix will be determined down the road. In fact, the Packers have three weeks to figure out exactly what the future holds for Sherrod. If they do add him to the roster, the big question will remain as to who will be cut to make room for him.

In the meantime, Sherrod has overcome one of the huge obstacles in being allowed to practice. Where things with him go from here remains to be seen.

Stay tuned …

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