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Rookie WR Abbrederis has torn ACLSubmitted: 08/02/2014
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GREEN BAY - Unlike last year, the Green Bay Packers appeared to have made it through their Family Night event Saturday without a major loss to their roster.

But the Packers still had a significant setback early in training camp.

Rookie receiver Jared Abbrederis confirmed after the 90-minute practice held before a big crowd of 67,336 that he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee earlier in the week.

The injury is expected to keep Abbrederis out the entire season.

A fifth-round draft pick, Abbrederis grew up a Packers fan 90 miles from Green Bay and had an excellent college career at Wisconsin. Abbrederis said he sustained the injury in practice Wednesday and continued to practice Thursday before being held out Friday.

The torn ACL is the same injury Bryan Bulaga sustained on Family Night last year, when Green Bay had an intrasquad scrimmage. Bulaga, a starting offensive tackle, missed the 2013 season.

Coach Mike McCarthy changed the format for Family Night this year to a practice, the seventh of camp for the Packers.

Green Bay still had two players get hurt on the field Saturday with little live tackling in the practice. Veteran nose tackle B.J. Raji and undrafted rookie tight end Colt Lyerla had leg injuries.



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