The ​Green Bay Packers selected guard Cole Madison in the fifth round of last year's NFL draft, but he has yet to to suit up for the Packers after stepping away from the team before training camp to deal with some personal issues. 


And now it seems unclear if ​Madison will be available for the Pack in 2019.

According to Michael Cohen of The Athletic, the suicide of Madison's former college teammate at Washington State Tyler Hilinski and the findings after the fact that Hilinski had CTE were the reasons the Packers rookie decided to walk away.


​Packers GM Brian Gutekunst confirmed that there is no return date in sight regarding the young offensive lineman, telling Cohen: “He’s still dealing with some of the things that he was dealing with at the beginning of the season last year. Obviously we wish him the best and we’d love to, at some point, get him out there on the field to help us. But when that time is going to be, we’re not there yet.”

According to Cohen's report, Green Bay is “navigating the offseason with an understanding” that Madison may not be with the team next season either.


Back in August, one of Cole's agents, Colin Roberts, told ESPN that the "plan is still to play," but no timeline was provided.

It has to be tough for both the Packers and Madison to see the young offensive lineman go through what he's going through. Hopefully he is able to find the answers he needs, whether that is stepping away from the game or playing in Hilinski's honor.