The Green Bay Packers took Rashan Gary with the No. 12 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, though there could already be concerns about his injury status.
Gary, a star defensive lineman at Michigan, dealt with a shoulder injury during his time with the Wolverines.
The Packers began rookie minicamp this week and Gary was wearing a shoulder brace.
“Yeah, when I got hurt at Michigan, I came back, and I wore the brace,” Gary said, per Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “I’m comfortable with it, wearing it. Me and the trainers decided just to wear it. I feel comfortable playing with it, so I’m rocking it.”
The Packers’ coaching staff also downplayed any concern.
“I’ll probably get more into that with those guys as we move forward,” head coach Matt LaFleur said of Gary’s shoulder. “I think it’s just totally precautionary.”
Pro Football Doctor, David J. Chao, isn’t completely buying that. He believes the use of the shoulder brace confirms the idea that Gary will need surgery.
“Use of this type of shoulder harness in practice confirms (the need for surgery),” he tweeted.
— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) May 5, 2019
The Packers would obviously love for Gary too make an impact right away, though they drafted him for the long haul. The franchise should do whatever is necessary to have him at 100 percent when it matters most.