GREEN BAY, Wis. — Johnathan Franklin does not understand why there was any confusion over his ability to participate in the Green Bay Packers’ offseason workouts. The rookie running back confirmed Friday that he is completely cleared to join the Packers for all upcoming sessions, including Organized Team Activities (OTAs).
“I graduated last June (2012),” Franklin said in the locker room after reporting for rookie minicamp. “I think it was just a miscommunication.”
Multiple reports earlier in the week stated that Franklin was ineligible to participate in OTAs due to the NFL’s rule about final exams for rookies still enrolled in college.
“I’m done with school,” Franklin said, who graduated with a degree in political science. “I had my degree already. I brought all my clothes (to Green Bay) so I better be here for good.”
A source also confirmed that Franklin is eligible for OTAs and that all reports to the contrary are incorrect.