Wynn Released, Bishop to IR to Reach 75 Limit

The Green Bay Packers reached the 75-player roster limit by the 3 p.m. Central deadline on Monday by putting Desmond Bishop and and six others on injured reserve, placing two players on PUP and releasing Jarius Wynn and Jon Hoese.

The Green Bay Packers accomplished the cutdown to 75 players without too much heavy lifting on Monday, with only one big move: placing star linebacker Desmond Bishop on season-ending injured reserve.

In reducing the roster by 10 players, the Packers released fourth-year veteran Jarius Wynn and fullback Jon Hoese and placed Bishop, guard Ray Dominguez, running back Duane Bennett, tight end DeMarco Cosby, defensive end Johnny Jones and receiver Shaky Smithson on injured reserve. Plus, tight end Andrew Quarless and linebacker Frank Zombo were placed on the physically unable to perform list, meaning they won't be eligible to play until after Week 6.

One injured player who remains on the roster is offensive tackle Derek Sherrod, who broke his leg at Kansas City on Dec. 18. The Packers have given no indication into how his rehab is progressing, but that he's still on the roster is a good sign that he might be close to getting back on the practice field.

The Packers released Anthony Hargrove and four others on Friday to go from 90 to 85.

"I don't think it ever gets easier," coach Mike McCarthy said after Monday's practice. "Going down to 75 is very difficult. We've had a lot of medical conversations, more than in prior years. People didn't realize — I know I didn't realize as an assistant coach or even as a coordinator, I didn't appreciate and fully understand all the scenarios and conversations that go into every single decision. The ability to not only grade your team vertically but also horizontally, and also it's not about 53 guys, it's about 61 guys (with the practice squad). What happens to the other guys who leave here. So, it's a very in-depth process. A lot of conversation. You hope you're making the right decisions as you're going about it. This is the worst time of year I think for every head coach. I know it is for me personally."

The Packers host the Chiefs in the preseason finale at 6 p.m. on Thursday. They have to reach the 53-player limit by 8 p.m. on Friday.

"This is it," McCarthy said. "Everybody's watching, not just the Green Bay Packers. I think it's important to put initial targets in front of your football team every single day and put a long-term target in front of them. They understand how important this last game is. You want to have good film every time you go out on the field. That's practice and game alike."

Injury report

This was the report at practice but before the roster moves.

Returned to practice: None.

Missed practice: WR Shaky Smithson (ankle); RB Duane Bennett (knee); CB Davon House (elbow); FB Jon Hoese (hamstring); RB James Starks (turf toe); TE DeMarco Cosby (hamstring); LB Robert Francois (hamstring); LB Desmond Bishop (hamstring); G Ray Dominguez (ankle); OT Andrew Datko (concussion); DT Ryan Pickett (calf); TE Ryan Taylor (chest); TE Tom Crabtree (shoulder); TE D.J. Williams (ankle).

Active PUP list: OLB Frank Zombo (hamstring), DL Johnny Jones (knee), T Derek Sherrod (leg) and TE Andrew Quarless (knee).

The week ahead

There is just one practice remaining in training camp, 11 a.m. on Tuesday (helmets). Wednesday's day-before-the-game practice is not open to fans or the media, and the preseason finale at Kansas City is at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Four-point stance

— The starters will play "a very limited time in the first quarter" against Kansas City, McCarthy said.

— Greg Jennings is wearing a new helmet after missing the first two preseason games with a concussion. "I actually tried it out a couple days after I came back and gave it a shot, and it was extremely comfortable. It's the top-of-the-line helmet, so comfort is first and foremost. Looks are important — I don't particularly care for the way the helmet looks, but it didn't look bad enough for me to go back to my helmet that I was in. So, it's kind of like an old-school car versus a 2013 model. There's obviously upgrades and safety and things that are going to allow you a more comfortable, safe ride. Same as the helmet. But old-school ones, if you pull them out, they look great, but you don't drive them as often, because if something were to happen, you might be in trouble."

— The Packers' No. 1 defense was lit up by the scout team quarterback. Then again, that quarterback was Aaron Rodgers. The starting offense took a lot of reps as the scout team offense, and vice-versa with the defense, as the coaches are trying to get the young players ready for the preseason finale. "I love doing those reps, takes me back to the old days with Ruvell (Martin) and those guys," Rodgers said before taking a shaving-cream pie to the face from John Kuhn. "It's a lot of fun. It actually turns into ones offense vs. ones defense."

— Once again, Jerron McMillian joined Morgan Burnett as the starting safeties in nickel. Jarrett Bush joined Tramon Williams as the cornerbacks in the base defense, with Charles Woodson going from safety to cornerback in nickel, and Sam Shields being the fourth corner in dime.

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