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Sherrod: First extended game action since broken leg 'went well'

Derek Sherrod. Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Sherrod: First extended game action since broken leg 'went well'

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Aug 9, 2014

For the first time in a long time, Green Bay Packers tackle Derek Sherrod is playing extended amounts of football, and he says the first long game action in his road back from a devastating leg fracture "went well."

"They went very well, testing your pass blocking, run blocking abilities on somebody besides someone in a Packer helmet.  Getting into those live situations, it's always a good thing to test your abilities," he told Larry McCarren in an exclusive interview with 620WTMJ and the Packers Radio Network.

The ACL injury to Don Barclay means Sherrod has an opportunity at major playing time for the first time since his broken leg in 2011.

"I want to make a lot of this season," he said.  "I feel a lot better.  Healthwise, strengthwise, speed.  This off-season was pretty successful."

During the Packers' 20-16 loss to the Tennessee Titans, he played at both left and right tackle - a rare thing for teams to ask tackles to do, but versatility is critical with Barclay's absence.

Sherrod called it "not too challenging.  I just have to make sure you get your right foot down.  We always prepare during our individual drills to go left and right side."

"It felt pretty good.  I feel confident about it."

Jay Sorgi

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A lifelong sports fanatic whose grandfather appeared on a weekly show in the early years of 620WTMJ, Jay was well-groomed for a career with Journal Broadcast Group and WTMJ.