With the Green Bay Packers short on defensive linemen and cornerbacks, they made two transactions before Wednesday’s practice.
First, they promoted defensive tackle Brian Price from the practice squad to fill the vacant 53rd roster spot. Price, an undrafted rookie from Texas-San Antonio who made a strong push for a roster spot, could have a key role on Sunday against Detroit. The Packers, already thin up front with Mike Pennel’s four-game suspension, lost veteran starter Letroy Guion to a knee sprain during the first quarter of Sunday’s loss at Minnesota and isn’t expected to be ready for the Lions. Plus, elephant Datone Jones sat out practice on Wednesday and Thursday due to a knee injury.
Those injuries left the Packers with only veteran starter Mike Daniels, first-round pick Kenny Clark, fourth-round pick Dean Lowry and first-year player Christian Ringo. Price adds important depth, especially if Jones is unable to play against the Lions.
The play of the defensive line has been vital to Green Bay's No. 1 ranking against the run.
Price’s promotion created an opening on the practice squad, which was filled by re-signing cornerback Robertson Daniel. An undrafted rookie out of BYU in 2015, he spent almost all of last season on the Packers’ practice squad until he was promoted to the active roster for the playoff game at Arizona. Daniel was cut at the end of training camp.
With Sam Shields dealing with the aftereffects of a concussion, the Packers have four cornerbacks on the roster with Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins, LaDarius Gunter and undrafted rookie Josh Hawkins, who missed the first two games with an injured hamstring. Key backup Micah Hyde could fill in but there’s a chance he’ll be starting at safety in place of Morgan Burnett. Burnett has missed both days of practice this week to a groin injury sustained at Minnesota.
Six starters/key backups sat out Wednesday’s practice: Shields, Burnett, Clay Matthews (ankle/hamstring), guard T.J. Lang (unknown), Jones and Guion.
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