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Packers Release QB Joe Callahan to Create Roster Spot

The Packers could have to create three roster spots in the coming days.

The Green Bay Packers created a roster space by releasing quarterback Joe Callahan on Thursday.

What will the Packers do with that roster space?

Defensive tackle Mike Pennel and cornerback Demetri Goodson are practicing after serving four-game suspensions. To be eligible to play on Sunday, they’d have to be added to the active roster by 3 p.m. Saturday.

With Eddie Lacy battling an injured ankle and James Starks battling a sore knee and a heavy heart, the Packers have trouble in the backfield. That roster spot could be used to promote rookie running back Don Jackson from the practice squad.


Callahan had an excellent season and continually impressed coach Mike McCarthy. No doubt, it was a difficult transaction.

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“How the hell does he not make the team? It was clear. Just watch the games, watch the video,” McCarthy said in September. “I’m very, very happy for him personally because you always like to see a guy grab hold of an opportunity. I thought it was very obvious what he accomplished during the preseason.”

With the season more than a month old, the Packers will gamble that teams are set with their quarterback platoons and can re-sign Callahan to the practice squad.

"It’s tough. That’s the bad part of the business," associate head coach Tom Clements said. "When you set the roster at the end of training camp, that’s usually a bad couple days because you let some good players and good people go and Joe certainly worked hard and had a very good preseason. But, unfortunately, the numbers start to come into effect some point later on and the personnel people have to make decisions and they’re tough decisions. But he did a great job for us."

The Packers have until 3 p.m. Monday to either add or release Pennel and Goodson. Along with a potential move at running back, the Packers could have to make as many as three moves in the coming days.

As the roster stands, Pennel would give the Packers six defensive linemen. Goodson would give the Packers six corners. And there are seven receivers.

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