Foot surgery puts Jared Cook-Aaron Rodgers partnership on temporary hold

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The only fallout from Jared Cook's foot surgery will be from missed practice time with Aaron Rodgers -- not any long-term health concerns.

That’s how the Green Bay Packers quarterback and his coach, Mike McCarthy, are looking at the unexpected surgery that their main offseason acquisition underwent last week.

“We have little long-term concern with his situation,” McCarthy said.

A source said last week that Cook’s surgery was done to prevent the injury from being problematic in the regular season, and that the Packers plan to hold him out until training camp.

Although McCarthy wouldn’t put a timetable on Cook’s return, he said team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie “is not concerned” about Cook’s future.

“He feels good about how everything went,” McCarthy said of McKenzie.

The Packers signed Cook to a one-year, $2.75 million with the hope that he would give Rodgers a down-the-field threat at the tight end position. Cook was impressive early on in OTAs but admitted it was an adjustment going from a variety of quarterbacks during his first seven years in Tennessee and St. Louis to Rodgers.

Cook was not available after Monday’s OTA and was expected to be away from the team for at least part of this week because his wife is expecting twins.

“It’s a little disappointing, but injuries happen,” Rodgers said. “We’re excited about him being a part of this offense, but we’ll have to get back together once training camp starts.”