Nick Perry has yet to participate in the Green Bay Packers organized team activities this offseason. Now, the reason for the linebacker's absence has been made clear. In a discussion with ESPN's Rob Demovsky, Perry revealed that he underwent shoulder surgery shortly after the conclusion of the 2014 season.
"In order to become successful you had to make sure you don't go into the next year with things lingering on," Perry said in regards to why he opted for surgery. "Without a question, it was something that had to be done. We're good now. We're on the right track. So we're looking good."
Perry claims he played through he injury most of last season. However, he only missed one game because of it, a Nov. 30 meeting with the Minnesota Vikings. The linebacker finished the season with 23 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble.
As for how long the surgery will keep him on the sidelines, Perry said he doesn't know whether Green Bay's medical staff will clear him come July 30, the start of training camp.
Earlier this offseason, the Packers elected not to pick up Perry's fifth-year option. Accordingly, he is now set to hit unrestricted free agency after the 2015 season.