No longer "worthy", Packers trade defensive lineman to Patriots

Posted-August 12th, 2014 10:51 pm

The mystery to when Jerel Worthy will return to the practice field now appears to be the New England Patriots issue.

The Packers traded Worthy to New England Tuesday night for a future draft pick if the former 2nd round selection can pass a team physical with the Patriots. That's not a given since Worhty had not been cleared to practice this training camp in Green Bay.

Worthy, who blew out his knee at the end of his rookie season in 2012, has not practiced so far in training camp due to a lower back injury. He could not pass his physical when camp started and was placed on the non-football injury list.

The Packers picked Worthy at No. 51 overall out of Michigan State in 2012, but injuries have slowed him throughout his career. He blew out his knee in the regular-season finale of his rookie season in 2012.

After surgery to repair his torn ACL, Worthy spent the first part of the 2013 season on the physically unable to perform list. He returned to practice on Nov. 13 and was added to the roster 10 days later. The next day, he made his season debut against the Minnesota Vikings, but then was inactive for the next four games. He played in the final three games (including playoffs) as a backup and finished last season with just one tackle.

Worthy spoke with reporters in the Packers' locker room on Tuesday, only hours before the trade.

"I'm just waiting for the green light," Worthy said. "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. "Ted has always got a plan in place for the players. I'm going to trust in the process and just got to keep rolling and your time is going to come. When ted takes of the reins I'm going to go get it"

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