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Packers Training Camp: Andrew Quarless returns to camp after daughter's passing

Andrew Quarless explained the serious matter that kept him away from the first two days of Packers training camp.

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Holding back his emotions, Andrew Quarless put into words what he went through last week the best he could.

Quarless missed the first two days of Packers training camp due to the death of his newborn daughter last Wednesday. He returned to the practice field on Saturday, but spoke to reporters for the first time Monday.

"Probably the saddest day of my life," was how Quarless described his situation, via ESPN's Rob Demovsky.

"I thank this team for the type of support they have given me to help me get through this," Quarless said. "Just very thankful for these guys. It's really a family in here. It's really a family."

From all of us at Acme Packing Company, we send our condolences to Andrew and his family.

Quarless is eager to get back onto the football field and re-pay the Packers for sticking with him despite his July 4 incident in Florida. Quarless was arrested in Miami Beach in the early morning after allegedly firing a gun in public. His court hearing is scheduled to take place on Aug. 24, which is a day after Green Bay's preseason game in Pittsburgh.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy was upset during their first conversation after the incident, but encouraged Quarless to keep his mind on football.

"I just apologized to him for bringing negativity to this place," Quarless said. "We have a great group of character guys. There's just so much character in this locker room. I just apologized for bringing negative because you never want to bring negative to something like this. He did tell me to just focus. Don't be too hard on yourself. As a man, you learn, you make mistakes and you learn from them. His biggest thing is to just stay focused, and I kind of took that into my training, just tried to focus on my training, trained hard and tried to come back in the best shape I can. That was my main goal."

Aron Yohannes covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as a credentialed reporter covering the Milwaukee Bucks for Brew Hoop.