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2018 pick Madison returns to Packers

April 08, 2019 - 4:51 pm

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Cole Madison was a fifth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Selected by the Packers out of Washington State, the guard was expected to offer much needed depth -- if not more -- to the team's offensive line. Madison did not report to training camp his rookie year for personal reasons and, ultimately, never joined the team. Thankfully, that departure was temporary:

As reported by The Athletic's Michael Cohen, Madison's absence last year was linked to emotional distress endured following the sudden death of Washington State teammate Tyler Hilinski. Hilinski, the team's quarterback and close friend of Madison, committed suicide in January of 2018. Months later, and just before the start of Packers training camp, it was confirmed that Hilinski had chronic traumatic encephalopathy -- CTE. 

Understandably, Madison needed time to reconcile his thoughts about his friend, football and his future. Now, Madison's appearance at the Packers' offseason program seems to indicate that he is ready to resume his career. Read more here.