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Final Cuts Include Bradford, Neal, Abbrederis

The Green Bay Packers got down to the 53-player limit by releasing two highly paid members of the 2014 draft class, plus Jared Abbrederis and running back Rajion Neal.

Update: Here are the 20 cuts made by the Green Bay Packers to get down to the 53-player limit on Saturday: WR Jared Abbrederis, LB Carl Bradford, RB John Crockett, S Jean Fanor, C Garth Gerhart, CB Tay Glover-Wright, TE Mitchell Henry, RB Rajion Neal, TE Justin Perillo, C/G Andy Phillips, DT Christian Ringo, G Matt Rotheram, LB Joe Thomas, DT Khyri Thornton, LB James Vaughters, T Jeremy Vujnovich, CB Ryan White, WR Ed Williams. The team also waived/injured WR Larry Pinkard and LB Jermauria Rasco.


And here is our running list of cuts:

In the first surprise of Cutdown Saturday, the Green Bay Packers have released running back Rajion Neal, a source told Packer Report.

Packer Report also has learned the team has released defensive tackle Khyri Thornton and linebacker Carl Bradford, their third- and fourth-round picks from 2014, respectively. Combined, they collected more than $992,000 in signing bonuses but never played in a regular-season game.

Thornton spent all of last season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury following a disappointing training camp. He failed to make a move this summer, though a source said the team would like to groom him on the practice squad. Bradford, who was drafted to play outside linebacker, didn't play a snap despite spending the entire season on the roster while transitioning to inside linebacker. Bradford made plays throughout camp this summer but never made a move up the inside linebacker depth chart.

At receiver, the Packers went with Myles White as their fifth receiver and released Jared Abbrederis, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

There was no official word on the other running backs, Alonzo Harris or John Crockett. Contrary to early reports, Harris was not among the first wave of cuts, two sources said. The Packers liked him enough to have him play through a broken hand on Thursday rather than release him. At the deadline, he had not heard from the team — always good news.

Here are the 17 cuts reported at the deadline by Packer Report along with's Rob Demovsky, the Press-Gazette's Wes Hodkiewicz and Ryan Wood, and the Journal Sentinel's Tom Silverstein and Michael Cohen. The Packers had to go from 75 to 53, though they needed to make only 20 moves due to season-opening suspensions to defensive linemen Letroy Guion and Datone Jones. The team will provide the official list later today but for now ...

— TE Justin Perillo

— TE Mitchell Henry

— OL Andy Phillips

— G Matt Rotheram

— C/G Garth Gerhart

— T Jeremy Vujnovich

— RB Rajion Neal

— WR Ed Williams

— WR Larry Pinkard

— WR Jared Abbrederis

— DT Khryi Thornton

— DT Christian Ringo

— ILB Carl Bradford

— ILB Joe Thomas

— LB James Vaughters

— CB Ryan White

— S Jean Fanor

A source said the Packers are going with three tight ends. That presumably will be sixth-round pick Kennard Backman, though Mitchell Henry earned praise after laboring through most of camp with one hand in a club cast. (Update: Henry is out and Backman is in.)

On the offensive line, the Packers must decide between eight or nine. Without Gerhart, who was on the 53-man roster all of last season, presumably it's Lane Taylor and Josh Walker in the running for one or two spots. As the deadline struck, it appeared the Packers would go with nine and they would join Don Barclay and J.C. Tretter.

At receiver, the Packers apparently went with proven production over projection by siding with White over Abbrederis. Abbrederis, the former Wisconsin star, missed most of training camp with a concussion but returned last week and had one catch in 62 snpas on offense. In what might be related news, the Giants released veteran receiver James Jones. The Packers might be looking for veteran receiving help and Jones has plenty of familiarity with Green Bay as a third-round pick in 2007. He caught 14 touchdowns in 2012 — most among NFL receivers — but the Packers showed little interest in re-signing him after the 2013 season. Last season with Oakland, he caught 73 passes.

On the defensive line, a source said Josh Boyd and Bruce Gaston are the last men left standing with the releases of Thornton and Ringo and the suspensions to Guion and Jones. They'll provide the immediate depth behind starters B.J. Raji, Mike Daniels and Mike Pennel. At inside linebacker, Joe Thomas also was cut. Both he and Bradford are eligible for the practice squad. Those moves leave Clay Matthews in a part-time role along with Sam Barrington, Nate Palmer and Jake Ryan on the inside.

Matt Flynn also was released by the Jets, though the Packers are set at quarterback with Scott Tolzien and Brett Hundley behind Aaron Rodgers.

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