Jared Cook Injury: Updates on Packers TE's Recovery from Foot Surgery

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Dec 7, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; St. Louis Rams tight end Jared Cook (89) runs with the ball against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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Green Bay Packers tight end Jared Cook will miss the remainder of the team's offseason program as he recovers from foot surgery. It is uncertain when he will be able to return to action. 

Continue for updates. 

McCarthy Comments on Cook's Injury

Monday, June 6

Head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that he has "no long-term concern" with Cook, adding he wasn't going to "get into injuries."

Packers Hopeful Cook Will Return For Training Camp

Friday, June 3

ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky reported on the surgery, adding that the procedure "was described as 'preventative' and something both Cook and the team wanted to take care of now so that it didn't linger into the regular season."

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Cook could be ready for minicamp "if the Packers wanted to push things." Ryan Cook of the Green Bay Press-Gazette added Cook would have played if there was a game this Sunday.

Cook Looking for Breakout Season With Packers

In March, Cook signed a one-year, $2.75 million deal that includes $825,000 guaranteed after experiencing a statistical slide with the Los Angeles Rams.

Over the course of a 2015 season that saw the Rams alternate between Nick Foles and Case Keenum at quarterback, Cook tallied 39 catches for 481 yards and zero scores. The campaign marked just the second time in Cook's career that he finished the season without a touchdown reception. 

But now that he's found a home in Green Bay, Cook has the potential to emerge as one of quarterback Aaron Rodgers' premier targets. Although the team has a strong receiving corps that includes Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams and Randall Cobb, Cook is a physical freak who can burn opponents at 6'4'' and 235 pounds. 

"I think anytime if you're just talking purely throwing the football and you've got big targets that can move like he does, he's been an excellent addition," McCarthy said, per Demovsky. "He's been everything we thought he would be."

Since the injury isn't expected to hinder Cook's availability for the start of the regular season, the Packers can breathe a sigh of relief for the time being. However, if Cook doesn't recover on schedule, the team can turn to Richard Rodgers as its primary playmaker at tight end. 


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