Jerel Worthy spent much of 2013 on injured reserve with a knee injury. (Morry Gash / Associated Press)
Green Bay, Wis. — The New England Patriots acquired injured lineman Jerel Worthy from the Green Bay Packers in a trade pending a physical for the defensive end.
The Patriots will get a still-to-be announced draft pick, the NFL said Wednesday.
Worthy’s agent, Chafie Fields, wrote on Twitter on Tuesday night, “Will help Pats D-line right away.”
General manager Ted Thompson declined comment Wednesday at Lambeau Field, citing “agreements with other teams and things like that.”
Worthy, a former Michigan State standout, had been placed on the non-football injury list. He spent much of 2013 on injured reserve with a knee injury.
The Packers traded up in the 2012 draft to take Worthy in the second round out of Michigan State. He had 2½ sacks and 23 tackles in 14 games that season, starting four.
Worthy apparently wasn’t aware he was about to be traded when speaking to reporters Tuesday afternoon. Thompson had “a great plan for me.”
“I’ve done everything that I can possibly do with the training staff and with the strength and conditioning guys. They’ve done a great job of prepping me for this moment,’ Worthy said Tuesday at his locker, “I’ve just got to trust the process.”
Of the eight players drafted by the Packers in 2012, three remain on the roster: first-round linebacker Nick Perry, second-round cornerback Casey Hayward and fourth-round defensive lineman Mike Daniels.
“You can go back in history and look at draft classes for a lot of teams … and go, this was good, this was bad,” Thompson said. “If you can get a couple good ones, that’s usually a good class.”