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Badgers in the NFL: WR Jared Abbrederis catches first NFL pass, injures ribs in Packers' 18-16 loss

The emergence of the former walk-on was one of the lone bright spots in a dismal Packers' loss.

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A few weeks ago, former Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis jumped from the Green Bay Packers' practice squad up to the main roster, signing a three-year deal. On Sunday, the former walk-on made his first career reception and contributed significantly to the offense but was injured late in a 18-16 loss to the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.

The Wautoma, Wis., native was one of the lone bright spots for a Packers' offense that struggled mightily through most of Sunday's game and has over the previous two losses. Green Bay gained 372 yards total against Detroit, but many came in a wild fourth quarter where the Packers (6-3) scored two touchdowns to pull within two points and a 52-yard field goal attempt of beating the Lions (2-7).

Abbrederis finished with four receptions for 57 yards on the afternoon, including his first catch of 15 yards on a wheel route from All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He was shown mostly as the fourth wide receiver in certain packages, mostly in the slot.

On Green Bay's second scoring drive early in the fourth quarter, he caught three of his four receptions on the afternoon, but was shaken up on his last grab -- a 32-yard gain that put the Packers deep within Lions' territory at the Detroit 4. Rodgers would find tight end Richard Rodgers for a four-yard touchdown thereafter, cutting the score to 12-10.

Abbrederis wouldn't return to the game thereafter. Media who were at the game, including the Wisconsin State Journal's Tom Oates and Green Bay Press Gazette's Pete Dougherty, noted the team's official injury report listed the Packers looking at Abbrederis' ribs.

Abbrederis still holds the single-season school record for receptions at Wisconsin with 78 -- though redshirt senior Alex Erickson currently has 63 with two games left in the 2015 season -- and is tied with another former NFL alum and Wisconsin great, wide receiver Brandon Williams, for the all-time catches mark with 202.