Brandon Burks Signs to Practice Squad to Bolster Packers’ Backfield

During the portion of practice open to reporters, Ty Montgomery didn't do anything and James Starks wasn't present.

The Green Bay Packers added a running back on Wednesday, but it’s not a veteran and he didn’t fill the vacant 53rd roster spot.

Brandon Burks, an undrafted rookie who made the Packers’ roster for one day in September before he was released, was signed to the practice squad, according to a source. Burks practiced on Wednesday.

The Packers announced the transaction on Wednesday interview.

With the release of veteran Knile Davis on Monday, the Packers have only undrafted rookie Don Jackson as a healthy running back on the roster. Receiver Ty Montgomery, who had a big game against Chicago while filling in at running back, was dressed for practice but didn’t go through a tackling drill and a ball-security drill during the brief portion of practice that reporters were allowed to watch. He was inactive for Sunday’s loss to Atlanta.

“We have some moving parts,” coach Mike McCarthy said before practice. “I think it’s a little bit like last week. You set a game plan, communicate with the medical staff. We’re clearly in a projection mode, so Ty Montgomery, he’s further ahead than James (Starks), but he’ll work today in a limited fashion and we’ll see what he does.”

As the Packers started their practice week in preparation for Sunday’s home game against Indianapolis, cornerbacks Damarious Randall (groin) and Demetri Goodson (unknown), Starks (knee), offensive linemen T.J. Lang (hip) and J.C. Tretter (knee), and tight end Jared Cook (ankle) did not practice. Outside linebacker Clay Matthews was dressed but, like Montgomery, didn’t do anything when reporters were present.

Cornerback Quinten Rollins, who missed the last three games with a groin injury, and receiver Randall Cobb, who missed Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury, returned and practiced.

With Lang and Tretter hobbled, that 53rd roster spot could go to center Corey Linsley. He remains on the physically unable to perform list due to a hamstring injury. He is entering his third week of practice. The Packers must activate him or shut him down for the season by Monday.

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