GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It's been six months since Andrew Quarless suffered a significant right knee injury, but the Packers' 23-year-old tight end is still a couple months away from being ready to play football again.
"I don't necessarily think I will be ready by the start of training camp, but it's the doc's call," Quarless said this week. "I'm just doing what they say."
Training camp for the Packers begins July 26, and with preseason games starting just two weeks later, Quarless' injury will likely impact his ability to play early on this upcoming season.
It's possible Quarless will take advantage of the new NFL rule that allows each team to bring back one player from injured reserve during the season. Previously, a player on injured reserve could not return during the season in which he was reserved. Under the new rule, the Packers could place Quarless on injured reserve, then have him return to practice after Week 6 and add him to the active roster in Week 9.
If Quarless is not ...