Jerel Worthy was traded today by the Packers to the New England Patriots. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Packers send Jerel Worthy packing to Patriots

Frankly, I was a bit worried about Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Jerel Worthy.

He was doing nothing with the Packers and was falling behind the rest of the team as training camp continued. It seemed his playing days in Green Bay was coming to an end.

That all came to fruition today.

The 51st pick by the Packers in 2012 was sent packing in a trade today with the New England Patriots.

Of course, the terms of the trade are contingent on Worthy passing his physical, which is problematic at this point because he failed his physical with the Packers at the start of training camp and was initially placed on the non-football injury list.

In fact, Worthy still hasn’t been cleared to play because he is recovering from surgery he incurred after he injured his back during an offseason workout.

If Worthy does indeed pass his physical with the Patriots, Green Bay would receive a future draft pick from New England.

Worthy is as injury prone for  third year player as any. He tore his ACL at the end of his rookie season in 2012 and sat out the first half of 2013 before he was cleared to play and added to the roster on Nov. 23. He suited up against the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 24, but then spent the next months on the inactive list. Finally, he played the last two regular season games and the playoff game. He recorded one tackle.

Worthy, who wasn’t notified until later in the day about the trade was available to reporters today in the locker room.

Here’s what he had to say:

“I’m just waiting for the green light. I feel really great. I’ve done everything that I can possibly do with the training staff and with the strength and conditioning guys. They’ve done a great job of prepping me for this moment. At the end of the day, it’s just a day-to-day thing. I said it last week, that I’m just waiting for my moment.”

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