Green Bay - Tackle Derek Sherrod completed his first week of limited practice in almost a year Friday with his coach all but acknowledging that he won't become a contributor for the Green Bay Packers until at least next season.
Sherrod, a first-round draft choice in 2011, moved gingerly through drills during the individual portion of practice. There were signs of a slight limp when he tried to run.
It has been 10 months since Sherrod underwent emergency surgery in Kansas City to repair the broken tibia and fibula in his right leg. The Packers described it as a "clean" break, but he doesn't appear even close to being able to participate in 11-on-11 drills.
"Well, I don't want to give up on Derek," coach Mike McCarthy said Friday. "We're taking baby steps. I think it's obvious if you've had a chance to watch him work."
Sherrod can practice next week before his participation window closes on the physically unable to perform list. He will spend the final stages of the season on injured reserve.
The Packers decided to designate Sherrod for practice to see if there was any way he could contribute this season. When the answer became no, they will remain with rookie free agents Don Barclay and Greg Van Roten as the backups on their seven-man offensive line.
"I will say this," McCarthy said. "Just watching him a couple weeks ago and watching him go through the individual (Friday), I think he's made some strides. He has that last hurdle he has to get over. This is the kind of drill work that he needs, to be in pads and go through the individual stuff."