Brian Price welcomed a reporter who wandered into the auxiliary locker room that the practice-squad players call home.
“How are you?” he asked after Thursday’s practice.
It would be almost impossible to beat the day Price was having.
An undrafted free agent from Texas San Antonio, Price was among the Green Bay Packers’ final cuts earlier this month. After spending two-and-a-half weeks on the practice squad, Price got the call everyone in that auxiliary locker room hopes to receive.
He had been promoted to the active roster.
“It’s been a good day for me, getting moved up,” Price said. “I’m very grateful for it. Who’s not excited? I’ve got my family blowing my phone up.”
The Packers kept Christian Ringo instead of Price as their fifth defensive lineman. However, with Letroy Guion limping through the locker room with a knee sprain on Thursday, the Packers needed another defensive lineman for Sunday’s game against Detroit. Price found out following Wednesday’s practice that he might be promoted. On Thursday morning, he signed his contract.
“I’m a very low-key kind of guy. To me, it’s just business,” Price said. “I got the news and I’m like, ‘All right, thanks, I appreciate it. I’m coming back tomorrow to work. Just another day.’ I’m excited, don’t get me wrong, but I’m still ready to work. It don’t mean anything. I haven’t proven anything yet. I got my active roster spot. Now, I’ve got to make it last. That’s really important. ...
“All I can do is come in on Sunday and show the team what I can do.”
Price has a chance to make an impact. Not only is Guion unlikely to play against the Lions, but elephant Datone Jones missed the first two days of practice. Meanwhile, other than first-round pick Kenny Clark, neither of the other young defensive linemen have staked claim to a role on the defense. Ringo has played 18 snaps and fourth-round pick Dean Lowry has played 13 snaps in the first two games. Even with Guion exiting in the first quarter at Minnesota, they played only six snaps apiece.
“Brian is a high-energy guy, much like myself,” standout defensive tackle Mike Daniels said. “I look forward to seeing him whenever he gets his name called because he's a guy that's always talking about giving maximum effort, and he does, no matter what he's doing. So, that's going to be good. It's going to be nice to see him frustrate some offensive linemen, just by being a pest.”
On Thursday, Price was still with the practice-squad guys. By Friday — and certainly by Sunday — he’ll be in the main locker room with the players trying to beat the Lions.
“I’m a low-key guy, man,” he said. “I enjoy it back here. But, yeah, it’s definitely everybody’s goal back here to go out there. One by one, it’s all going to happen for us. I’m confident in my guys.”
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