The wait for Vince Biegel's preseason debut will continue for at least another week. On Tuesday, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said the rookie pass-rusher will not practice this week nor suit up for the team's preseason matchup with Washington on Saturday.
The Packers drafted Vince Biegel earlier this year expecting him to make meaningful contributions as a rookie. However, a foot injury and subsequent surgery have put those plans on ice. Biegel hasn't participated in a practice since the start of training camp, only performing some light individual work on the side.
With no indication of when Biegel might return, it appears increasingly likely that he starts the regular season on the physically unable to perform list. That designation would sideline the rookie for at least the opening six weeks with no guarantee that he returns before the end of the year.
With Biegel's status still up in the air, Green Bay has given more run to former third-round pick Kyler Fackrell, special teams maven Jayrone Elliott, second-year man Reggie Gilbert, and undrafted rookie Johnathan Calvin. None has laid claim as the third edge rusher, leaving the door open for Biegel if and when he returns.
Still, after so much time missed, the chances of Biegel contributing significantly this season grow increasingly remote.