If it wasn’t for bad luck, Jared Abbrederis wouldn’t have any NFL luck at all.
He’s Wisconsin’s all-time leader in catches (202, tied with Brandon Williams) and receptions in a season (78 in 2013), but since joining the Green Bay Packers, things have gone star-crossed: A torn right anterior cruciate ligament that wiped out 2014, and a 2015 campaign marred by a concussion and injured ribs.
The future of the 6-foot-1 wideout has been in question for a while now, considering his last catch — heck, last target — was a grab for eight yards in a Week 1 victory at Jacksonville. Those tensions hit a new level early Wednesday night when Sirius/XM reporter Mike Clemens tweeted:
— Chris Nelson (@1ChrisNelson) October 12, 2016
Clemens’ tweet was subsequently deleted, and a clarification came swiftly from the Packers PR staff:
To those concerned, Abbrederis was not released. Merely an issue with his nameplate. Equipment staff is working diligently to resolve.
— Jason Wahlers (@JTWahlers) October 12, 2016
— Mike Clemens (@MikeClemensNFL) October 12, 2016
A native of Wautoma, Wis., Abbrederis is a Badgers legend, a former walk-on who was at the heart of three Big Ten championships (2010, ’11, ’12) in Madison. Wednesday was apparently little more than a misunderstanding, but it’s the sort of misunderstanding that’s going to keep Wisconsin fans wondering what the heck might be coming next.