GREEN BAY — Head Coach Mike McCarthy announced on Tuesday that three players — WR Ty Montgomery, TE Jared Cook and LB Sam Barrington — would be coming off the physically unable to perform list and practicing for the first time in training camp on Tuesday night.
All three were scheduled to go through individual drills and would be limited in the team (11-on-11) periods.
“I feel good about where all of our players are,” McCarthy said. “It will be great to see them out there working.”
Cook, a free-agent acquisition in the offseason, was practicing during the early portion of OTAs in the spring before undergoing foot surgery. Barrington was injured in Week 1 in Chicago last season and went on season-ending injured reserve. Montgomery played the first six games of his rookie season last year before an ankle injury sidelined him and eventually required season-ending surgery.
“He fought to get back on the field,” McCarthy said of Montgomery, who made multiple trial returns to practice last season before opting for the surgery. “He suffered a significant injury. His was a lot bigger injury than I think everyone realized. You don’t really, truly know until you go in and operate. But it’s great to have him back. He’s been diligent, he’s been here the whole time. Rehabbing like crazy. He’s been here through every break this summer. I know he’s excited to get out there.”
The only players remaining on PUP now are WR Jordy Nelson and C Corey Linsley.
As for the team as a whole, “the opportunity was lost” for a lot of young players, including rookie QBs Joe Callahan and Marquise Williams, to get their first game action in Canton, but attention was quickly turned to an important installation practice on Tuesday and preparation for the preseason game against Cleveland on Friday night.
“Tonight is about finishing everything we want to get in for the season with the install,” McCarthy said. “I look for a really good night of fundamental work.”