Packers TE Andrew Quarless loses daughter at birth

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Andrew Quarless #81 of the Green Bay Packers stands on the field before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field on September 8, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Saints 42-34. (Photo by Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images)

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless revealed Monday he missed the first two days of training camp because his daughter died at birth last week.

Quarless had initially been excused from the first practice of camp on Thursday for what coach Mike McCarthy termed “a positive personal situation.” The coach’s tone changed ominously the following day when Quarless was again absent, saying the sixth-year tight end was dealing with “a very difficult family situation.”

On Monday, after fully participating in his first practice of camp, Quarless shared the devastating news and acknowledged that returning to football had been something of a safe haven.

Quarless had taken part on a limited basis in Saturday’s practice before players had Sunday off. He struggled at times to keep his emotions in check as he spoke Monday after several family members, including his 5-year-old son, watched practice.

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2 comments

  • Beka

    My heart goes out to him, his partner and his family. There is absolutely nothing that hurts more in this world then the loss of a child. I know personally how much it destroys you. I hope he and the family have great support behind them as they grieve the loss of their beautiful baby girl. Fly high lil angel <3