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Packers deal Worthy

by Mark Daniels

Hard pressed to make the team this year, defensive end Jerel Worthy will now get a chance to hook on with the New England Patriots. Late Tuesday afternoon, Green Bay Packers General Manager Ted Thompson traded Worthy to the Patriots for a future draft choice. Reports say if Worthy passes a physical and makes the final roster, New England will give up a seventh round pick next year. Worthy was a second round pick out of Michigan State in 2012, the 51st overall choice. He blew out his ACL at the end of his rookie season and the recovery took nearly a full year. He started last year on the Physically unable to perform list but made it back for the final handful of games. Before training camp began this summer, Worthy injured a disc in his back while weight training and he's yet to practice with the team. Of the 18 players selected by Thompson in the 2011 and 2012 drafts, only seven remain with the team, with just two considered front line players, Randall Cobb and Mike Daniels. The others on the roster include Derek Sherrod, Davon House, Ryan Taylor, Nick Perry and Casey Hayward.