GREEN BAY, Wis. -- For 22 months, Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Derek Sherrod waited to be medically cleared. Finally, after missing 23 regular-season games, three playoff games and more than 100 practices, Sherrod is back.
It was Week 15 of the 2011 season when Sherrod went back in pass protection and suffered a broken right leg. Since then, Sherrod has gotten relatively close to returning on a couple occasions, including last season.
The Packers took a cautious approach with Sherrod as the 6-foot-6, 321-pound former first-round pick recovered. But on the very first day that Sherrod -- like all NFL players on the Physically Unable to Perform list -- could step on the practice field, he did.
"I've been dreaming about it for a while," Sherrod said Wednesday in the locker room.
Missing as much time as Sherrod has, the little things he was able to do Wednesday held more importance than he ever thought they would.
"Just putting the jersey back on, putting the helmet back on, ...