Two Packers Sidelined on First Day of OTAs

The Green Bay Packers finally opened their 2024 OTAs this week, however, two players were noticeably absent from the workouts.
Two Packers players were noticeably absent from the start of the OTAs.
Two Packers players were noticeably absent from the start of the OTAs. / Samantha Madar/USA TODAY

The Green Bay Packers took the next step to the 2024 NFL season when they began their organized team activities (OTAs) on Monday. After the Packers exceeded expectations by reaching the NFC Divisional Round in the playoffs, Green Bay fans are excited that they're finally getting a glimpse of next season's roster.

While the fanbase was eager to see how their favorite players looked during the voluntary workouts, two Packers were noticeably absent from the mix.

Packers News: Tucker Kraft, Robert Rochell Absent from OTAs

While the majority of the 90-man roster was in attendance for Tuesday's OTAs, The Athletic's Matt Schneidman reports that cornerback Robert Rochell was absent.

ESPN's Rob Demovsky provided an update shortly after Schneidman's post on Tucker Kraft, saying the tight end was in attendance, however, his arm was in a sling.

Demovsky also mentioned that Kraft had recently gotten married, so perhaps the injury occurred on his honeymoon. Still, injuries out of nowhere aren't exactly encouraging, making it a situation worth monitoring as OTAs continue.

Suiting up in all 17 games (8 starts) as a rookie, it didn't take long for Kraft to become one of Jordan Love's top targets. The ex-South Dakota State TE hauled in 31 of his 40 targets (77.5%) for 355 receiving yards and two touchdowns before posting a 5-24-1 stat line in two postseason appearances.

As for Rochell, the jury's still out as to why he missed Tuesday's session. There haven't been any reports regarding the fourth-year CB dealing with any injuries and he just signed a new contract with the Packers in March, so chances are we aren't looking at a contract dispute.

Rochell, 26, was claimed by the Packers last October after being placed on waivers by the LA Rams. The former 2021 fourth-round selection strictly played on special teams throughout his nine appearances in a Green Bay jersey, tallying four solo tackles without a miss. Time will tell if he's ready to step into a bigger defensive role this season.

Hopefully, Kraft and Rochell's situations aren't anything serious and they can rejoin the team sooner rather than later. The Packers need all hands on deck if they want to win Super Bowl LIX, which they currently have 10th-best odds (+1900) to do on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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