Originally written on Packer Update  |  Last updated 11/19/14

In between injuries, Frank Zombo has played some pretty good football for the Green Bay Packers. The problem is how little time there’s been between injuries. The third-year outside linebacker missed six games in 2010 with a sprained ankle and 11 games last season with a broken shoulder blade and a strained hamstring. And because the hammy is still not 100 percent, Zombo was forced to sit out the OTAs in May and the minicamp in June. His availability for the start of training camp is very much up in the air.

In the meantime, general manager Ted Thompson selected Nick Perry in the first round of April’s draft, re-signed veteran Erik Walden, who started 15 games opposite Clay Matthews last season, and uncovered a possible hidden gem in rookie free agent Dezman Moses. Thus, a player who only 17 months ago started and performed well in the Super Bowl will be forced to fight just to keep his spot on the roster.

If – and it’s a big if – Zombo can get and stay healthy, he’ll make it difficult on Thompson to get rid of him. The 25-year-old is a hard-working, tough competitor who plays with a lot of energy. He struggled against the run last season due to injuries, but as a rookie he showed good strength at the point of attack and the ability to hold his ground and take on blocks. And while he’s never going to be great rushing the QB or dropping into coverage, he’s quick enough off the edge to give second-tier tackles some trouble and instinctive enough to stay with most tight ends.

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