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Abbrederis focuses on learning, healing

Sep 01, 2014 -- 1:44pm
Jared Abbrederis suffered a season-ending knee injury during the first week of training camp.

GREEN BAY – Jared Abbrederis is doing OK, all things considered. He’d much rather be prepping for Thursday night’s regular-season opener – and what would have been his NFL debut – in Seattle against the defending Super Bowl-champion Seahawks, but the Green Bay Packers rookie wide receiver is doing exactly what he’s supposed to be doing in the wake of his season-ending knee injury.

Three weeks removed from surgery, Abbrederis, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee July 30, is doing all his rehabilitation work and is confident he’ll stay on schedule.

He’s also trying to be as productive as he can, given the circumstances. He was off to a strong start in camp and likely would have made the team – the Packers didn’t cut anyone from their nine-man draft class – as the fifth or sixth receiver. The team ended up keeping five receivers on the 53-man roster, with seventh-round pick Jeff Janis getting the final spot.

“I’m doing good. Right now, I get to be at the meetings and all that stuff, so I still get to learn,” Abbrederis said. “I’m just working on getting better each day with the motion, the strength, all that stuff. I’m able to get in the weight room a little bit, able to start doing that. I think as I get to do more stuff, it’ll be a lot easier.”

Not that it’s easy, of course. But at least Packers team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Pat McKenzie didn’t find anything unexpected during the procedure, and the ACL was the only ligament that required repair.

That Abbrederis had to come back from a fractured femur in high school and went on to develop from walk-on to NFL wide receiver prospect at the University of Wisconsin would be proof that he knows how to handle a comeback.

“I think just going through something similar [helps],” Abbrederis said. “Just trying to get the motion back, the strength, learning to trust it again, that’ll all help as I go through the process.”

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