Whitehead Out After Special-Teams Gaffe

The Packers promoted fullback Joe Kerridge to the roster. Meanwhile, Joique Bell will work out on Tuesday.

The Packers on Monday released first-year safety Jermaine Whitehead, who was responsible for the kickoff-return touchdown to start Sunday’s loss to Indianapolis.

The Packers promoted fullback Joe Kerridge to fill the roster spot.

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Whitehead, who was promoted from the practice squad on Oct. 24, ran out of his lane on Jordan Todman’s 99-yard kickoff return and was blocked into Kyler Fackrell. That opened an enormous void for Todman to burst through as he raced untouched for the score. (That play is broken down here with words and photos.)

Kerridge, an undrafted rookie out of Michigan, spent training camp with the Redskins and signed to Green Bay’s practice squad on Oct. 3. He started 14 games in four seasons for the Wolverines, was a senior captain and a four-time member of the Big Ten’s all-academic team. He carried 14 times for 62 yards and caught five passes for 33 yards as a senior.

Former Lions running back Joique Bell will work out for the team on Tuesday, a source said. Contrary to reports over the weekend, Bell’s signing is not imminent. Bell rushed for 2,235 yards and caught 161 passes for Detroit from 2012 through 2015, then carried three times for 6 yards for Chicago this season.

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