Packers designate rookie C Josh Myers for return from injured reserve

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Green Bay Packers rookie center Josh Myers is taking a big step forward in his recovery from knee surgery.

Myers was at practice on Wednesday and has been designated for return from injured reserve, opening his 21-day window to be reinstated to the 53-man roster.

Coach Matt LaFleur said Myers would participate during individual periods.

Myers, the Packers’ second-round pick, started five of the team’s first six games at center. He was injured on the first offensive series against the Chicago Bears on Oct. 17 and eventually required surgery.

The Packers have played veteran Lucas Patrick at center during 11 games this season. Myers was the Week 1 starter, but it’s possible the Packers might want to stick with Patrick, especially if Myers can’t return until the start of the postseason.

Myers can now practice with the team over a three-week window or until he’s ready to return to the field. He doesn’t count on the active roster until he’s activated.

Over 261 total snaps to start the season, Myers allowed six total pressures and one quarterback hit, per Pro Football Focus.

The Packers also returned left tackle David Bakhtiari to the practice field on Wednesday, as expected. Cornerback Jaire Alexander is on the COVID-19 reserve list, and outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith isn’t ready to practice.

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