Injury be damned, Matt LaFleur isn’t letting anything slow down his first season at the helm in Green Bay.
The new Packers coach was seen wheeling around OTAs on Tuesday, alternating back and forth between a golf cart and a scooter as he coached his players and spoke to reporters.
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LaFleur suffered a torn Achilles playing basketball last Wednesday and underwent surgery Sunday to repair the ruptured tendon.
“I know I’m supposed to be off it for the next four weeks or so,” LaFleur told reporters. “Hopefully I’ll be back at least in a walking boot by training camp. … I know a few years back, I remember when Sean Payton broke his leg on the sideline. I don’t anticipate coaching from the press box or anything like that.
“I think as long as I handle my business and follow the doctors’ orders, I don’t foresee it being an issue come Week 1. As far as limitations during the preseason, there might be some, you might see me in a boot on the sideline. But like I said, I’m going to take it one day at a time right now.”
In the weeks since workouts began, LaFleur had stayed active and been seen running around the field with his players, something he said he missed Tuesday.
“Today was not what I’d like to be doing,” LaFleur said. “I’d like to be hands-on in the drills, but again, I’ve just got to adjust to it, make the best of it and make sure that our communication is spot on in terms of the expectations of what we want to get done each and every day. From a competition standpoint, in terms of not being able to go down there and play basketball a little bit, that’s brutal. I don’t know how I’m going to stay in shape.”
LaFleur, 39, joined the Packers in January after serving as offensive coordinator for the Titans in 2018. He was hired after Green Bay parted ways with longtime coach Mike McCarthy in December following a 4-7-1 start to last season.
The Packers finished 6-9-1 for third in the NFC North, marking the first time Green Bay had missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons since 2005 and 2006.