The Green Bay Packers are short-handed at running back.
So, logically, the Packers released Knile Davis on Monday — less than two weeks after acquiring him in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Davis carried two times for 1 yard against Chicago after just a couple of days of prep. Against Atlanta on Sunday, Davis rushed three times for 4 yards and caught two passes for 4 yards. That gave him a two-game total of seven touches for 9 yards.
Eddie Lacy is on injured reserve following ankle surgery and James Starks missed his third consecutive game following knee surgery. A source said Starks probably won’t be ready to return this week. So, barring another roster move, the Packers have Don Jackson as their only true running back headed into Sunday’s home game against Indianapolis. He’s carried six times for 16 yards in two games since being promoted from the practice squad. The other options are multitasking receivers Ty Montgomery and Randall Cobb, but neither of them played on Sunday at Atlanta, with Montgomery sidelined with blood in his urine and Cobb by an injured hamstring.
“It’s early, early in the week coming out of that game,” offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett said on Monday. “Obviously, we appreciate everything that Knile did, outstanding work ethic and really good young man, so we wish him the best. But it’s early in the process to be able to just give you a flat-out decision as far as who’s doing what this week.”
The Packers did not make a corresponding roster move. They could try again with another running back, either a veteran or a rookie such as Brandon Burks, who made the 53-man roster for one day. He worked out for the Packers last week. Another option would be activating center Corey Linsley from the physically unable perform list. The Packers still have another week before having to make a decision on Linsley.
As for the conditional seventh-round pick the Packers sent to the Chiefs, that part of the trade has been voided and Green Bay regains that pick.
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