Nick Barnett says his knee is in good shape
Nick Barnett promises he will be full go when training camp kicks off in Green Bay after knee surgery sidelined him for the second consecutive offseason program.
The Packers broke minicamp a day early on Tuesday as coach Mike McCarthy canceled the final day of the session today. Barnett will be back as good as ever when the Packers return to work. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in January, the same knee he had surgery to repair a torn ACL in November 2008.
“The knee's great," Barnett told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I didn't have to do anything, really. I wanted to clean it up a little bit. Had some scar tissue from the ACL (surgery) in there that was hindering the extension of my knee. I could have really not done it. But I feel like I get more performance, full flexion.”
With the questions the Packers have in the secondary – and some other questions regarding their pass rush – it will be one less thing to worry about if Barnett is the same consistent performer the club has grown accustomed to watching at linebacker.
“I've been doing everything - running, cutting, jumping; I'm pretty much full-go," Barnett said. “I don't think I'll miss any training camp. I think it's just at this point, it didn't make sense to go out there after that right now.
“I think last year has taught me to be more patient, that there is a plan in place and I won't lose anything just by missing (off-season practices) or minicamps. I would have liked to have done them (drills), but I think I can have more stability in my knees by not being out there. At the end of it, my knee would have felt raggedy or something. So I'll go into training camp feeling 100 percent, and I think that's kind of what we tried to accomplish this season."
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