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Will The Packers Wait For Frank Zombo?

August 25, 2011

There is no doubting the toughness of Packers outside linebacker Frank Zombo, but can the team count on him to contribute this season?

After assuming a pre-game collision with teammate John Kuhn resulted in merely a bruise, Zombo played through the pain of a broken scapula during the team’s 28-20 victory over Arizona in the second preseason game.

A timetable for the second year pro’s return to the field is uncertain, but on Wednesday outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene all but guaranteed Zombo’s roster spot would be held. When asked if Zombo would return this season, Greene did not mince words.

“Absolutely,” said Greene via Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “I’ve got a pretty good feel of Frank, I think the coaching staff, I think his teammates have a pretty good feel of what he’s all about. In this game, it’s predicated on trust. You know, trust your brothers. I think everybody trusts Frank. I don’t think there’s a question everybody knows he’s a tough kid, so yeah, 110%, he comes back, he’s in, he’s helping us, absolutely.”

Head coach Mike McCarthy said the shoulder injury would require Zombo to miss “a significant amount of time” but failed to provide a specific timetable for Zombo’s return.

Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette speculates that the healing process usually takes “about six weeks,” adding that once the shoulder heals, Zombo will need additional time to rehabilitate the muscles around the bone before returning to the field of play.

While Kevin Greene assures us – with 110% certainty – that Zombo will return this season, the Packers front office will have a difficult decision to make when selecting players for the 53-man roster.

With minimal depth at outside linebacker, can the Packers afford to wait for Zombo’s shoulder to heal? With no proven options behind him, can the team afford not to?

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