Packers rookie Cole Madison's agent: 'Plan is still to play'
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By Rob DemovskyESPN Staff Writer

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers still hope rookie Cole Madison will play for them.

It just probably won’t be this season.

Madison, an offensive lineman from Washington State who was the first pick of the fifth round (No. 138 overall), remains on the did-not-report list, but for the first time since training camp opened, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst and a representative for Madison offered an indication of where things stand.

“The plan is still to play,” Colin Roberts, one of Madison’s agents, told on Monday. “At this point, he’s still dealing with a personal thing like Brian said.”

The Packers can keep Madison on the did-not-report list but not count him on the 90-man camp roster. They also wouldn’t have to count him on the 53-man roster once the regular season begins but would retain his rights. Madison signed a standard four-year rookie contract that included a $324,331 signing bonus. No other part of his deal was guaranteed.

“We don’t expect Cole back anytime soon,” Gutekunst said. “This will take a little time for him to deal with. We’re fully supportive of what’s going...

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