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Packers TE Jared Cook Underwent Surgery On Foot, Out For OTAs

Rob Demovsky of ESPN reports that the Packers free agent acquisition TE Jared Cook underwent foot surgery this week and will miss the rest of the offseason program.

According to Demovsky, the hope is still for Cook to be back in time for the start of training camp, and the procedure is considered to be “preventative” in nature.

Both the Packers and Cook reportedly wanted to address the situation now in order to ensure he’s ready for the start of the regular season.

Cook has plenty of incentives to put together a strong 2016 season for the Packers, considering that he agreed to just a one-year, $2.75 million deal. Previous reports mentioned that Green Bay actually wanted to sign Cook to a multi-year agreement, but he elected to take a one-year deal in order to improve his stock before testing the open market again in 2017.

Cook, 28, was a big-ticket free agent signing back in 2013. He was entering the fourth year of his five-year, $35.11 million contract that included $19 million guaranteed when he was released by the Rams along with LB James Laurinaitis and DE Chris Long several months ago.

In 2015, Cook appeared in all 16 games for the Rams and recorded 39 receptions for 481 yards receiving and no touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 53 tight end out of 67 qualifying players.