GREEN BAY, Wisc. — After being a practice bystander for three days, Quinten Rollins finally donned the pads and participated in practice Monday at the Green Bay Packers Training Camp at Ray Nitschke Field.
After missing three days of practice because of a hamstring issue, Rollins passed his physical and was cleared to practice by team trainers.
“It’s definitely good to get cleared,” he said following practice Monday afternoon. “It’s just hard watching on the sidelines especially when you’re as competitor.”
Rollins did not take part in team drills during the Monday session but was full-go elsewhere.
“For the most part, I did everything full speed,” said Rollins, the 2010 Wilmington High School graduate who was drafted in the second round by the Packers this spring out of Miami of Ohio. “I didn’t get a chance to open up; there’s only certain amount of yardage to do in drills. I didn’t get team reps but the fact that I was out there, fully dressed and got to do some individual and walk-through is definitely beneficial. Hopefully we can take small steps.”
Rollins said he hurt his right hamstring during workouts at Miami University prior to training camp. When he reported to camp Wednesday, he told trainers about the tightness.
“You have to be smart with a hamstring, so that’s the steps we’re taking,” said Rollins. “Hopefully I can do a little more tomorrow.”
Rollins did have an interception during a period called “combo drill.” When asked by one media member if that interception gave him confidence, Rollins’ response was typical Quinten Rollins.
“I guess you could say that but at the end of the day it’s just a play you’re expected to make,” he said. “You’re expected to make plays so I don’t let it go to my head. It was just good to get out there and get a feel for things again. Hopefully I can get better tomorrow.”
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