1) Introduction: From Super Bowl starter to 3rd stringer, Frank Zombo probably had the worst luck of any member on the Packers team who wasn’t placed on IR. Zombo didn’t even get to the regular season healthy due to a broken scapula during the preseason and the usual bumps and bruises during the regular season cost Zombo playing time after the scapula was mended. Zombo’s availability tanked his entire season.
Weight: 254 lbs.
3) Expectations coming into the season for that player: High; Zombo was expected to compete for the outside linebacker position along side Clay Matthews and was considered the front-runner along side Erik Walden. Unfortunately, Zombo broke his scapula after colliding with fullback John Kuhn in warm-ups during the Arizona Cardinals preseason game and was expected to miss the 1st half of the season if not more.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Unfortunately Zombo has nothing to highlight, with only one preseason game played healthy, Zombo didn’t really have a chance to make a 2011 highlight reel. Perhaps Zombo’s biggest lowlight was getting passed over by Brad Jones for the starting position when Erik Walden was benched during the playoffs even when he was healthy enough to play.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Next to nothing; Zombo started one game and posted 10 tackles and 1 sack in the game against Oakland
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Next to nothing; Zombo posted 1 assisted tackle in the playoffs but did not see any significant time on the field.
Season Report Card:
(D) Level of expectations met during the season
(D) Contributions to team’s overall success
(D-) Player’s contributions in the playoffs
Overall Grade for the year: D