Notes: Rogers cut; injury report

The Packers made a roster move Tuesday, but it did not involve the suddenly shorthanded wide receiver position.

The Packers released linebacker Nick Rogers and promoted from the practice squad rookie tight end Sean McHugh to fill his place on the 53-man roster.

McHugh, a fullback while at Penn State, was among the Tennessee Titans' final cuts out of training camp. The Packers signed him on Sept. 6 and he played in the opener against Carolina. He was released, but signed to the practice squad, to make room for Mike McKenzie.

McHugh will be the third tight end the Packers have lacked since putting David Martin on season-ending injured reserve with a nagging knee injury. McHugh says he's not sure of his role, if any, for Friday's game against Minnesota.

"I haven't seen the depth chart yet. This whole thing just happened," McHugh said. "So, I'm not sure if I'll even be on the 46 active or not, so I'm just waiting to see and preparing like I'm going to be and hope for the best," he said.

Rogers was released for the third time this season.

THE WOUNDED

Other than wide receiver Robert Ferguson, linebacker Na'il Diggs was the only player who did not participate in Tuesday's walk-through practice. Diggs is listed as probable on the initial injury report and may practice Wednesday.

Here is the preliminary injury report:

PACKERS

OUT: WR Robert Ferguson (head/neck).

QUESTIONABLE: T Kevin Barry (quadricep); DT James Lee (knee).

PROBABLE: LB Na'il Diggs (back/kidney); DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (neck); DT Grady Jackson (knee); G Marco Rivera (back).

VIKINGS

OUT: CB Ralph Brown (eye).

PROBABLE: C Matt Birk (abdomen); T Bryant McKinnie (back); CB Antoine Winfield (ankle).

PRO BOWL VOTING

Packers middle linebacker Nick Barnett finished sixth among all NFL defensive players in fan voting for the postseason Pro Bowl all-star game.

Meanwhile, fullback William Henderson leads all NFC fullbacks and Ferguson earned the fans' nod as the special-teams player. Unfortunately for Barnett, he trailed another middle linebacker, Brian Urlacher of Chicago, by some 35,000 votes.

Fan voting counts for one-third of the final tally. Players and coaches hold the other one-third shares. Teams voted Monday and Tuesday, and results will be announced Wednesday.

RUEGAMER AT CENTER

After missing the last two games, Grey Ruegamer likely will start at center Friday afternoon in Minnesota. He has been battling a sprained left ankle suffered against Philadelphia on Dec. 5.

"Hopefully, we've got him ready to be able to help us (Friday)," offensive coordinator Rossley said. "It's a big game. We would like to have ‘Ruegie' ready to play."


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