Worthy misses Packers practice, grandmother reportedly shot in head

Jerel Worthy is entering his third season with the Packers. The defensive end, a second-round draft pick (No. 51 overall) in 2012, played in 14 games as a rookie and had 14 tackles. He played in just two games in 2013.

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Jerel Worthy was missing from the Green Bay Packers’ Thursday practice session as the defensive lineman dealt with a tragic family situation.

According to ABC 22 in Huber Heights, Ohio, a woman was shot in the head early Thursday morning and is in critical condition. That woman is reportedly Mae Worthy, the grandmother of Jerel Worthy. The report adds that Mae’s husband, James Worthy, was questioned about the shooting, though early accounts think  the shooting may have been accidental.

The Packers did not comment on Worthy’s absence Thursday. Worthy’s jersey remained in his locker all day, indicating that he found out about the incident before arriving to Thursday morning’s offseason practice.

Worthy is entering his third season with the Packers. The defensive end, a second-round draft pick (No. 51 overall) in 2012, played in 14 games as a rookie and had 14 tackles and 2.5 sacks but tore his ACL in the final regular-season game. He played in just two games in 2013 and also played two snaps in Green Bay’s wild-card playoff game.

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