GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers have their first major injury in the offseason program: coach Matt LaFleur.
The first-year coach, who has shown a practical approach to the practice, tore the Achilles tendon, according to a source. The injury did not occur in the practice field, but during an activity / training in the stadium, according to the source.
LaFleur, 39, will be operated on Sunday. A source said that the team's doctor, Dr. Pat McKenzie, advised LaFleur to repair the tear as soon as possible.
Just this week, LaFleur was seen in an OTA practice lining up in security during a drill. Earlier this offseason, LaFleur, who played quarterback at Saginaw Valley State, actually took the ball and threw some pbades during the rookie minicamp.
Afterwards, he joked that he "threw some good balls out there, man."
The youngest second coach in the history of the Packers, LaFleur has an active focus on practice.
"I would say that Matt is definitely practical," Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said this week. "All the key is, especially now in the role he is in, it has to be him, that's why he's here, that's why we're all here, we have to be who we are, I think everyone has their role, They want to fill and who they think they are.
"That's why you love Matt, Matt is the same guy I met about five or six years ago, and he has not changed a bit, and now he's the head coach of the Packers, everyone is different. I've worked with the boss and all the different guys I've been with have had their niche and how they want to do it. "
It is not clear when LaFleur will be operated, but the Packers have two more weeks left in the offseason program. The final OTAs are next week, followed by the mandatory mini-campaign from June 11 to 13. The players retire until the reporting day of the training camp on July 24. The first practice is on July 25.