Packers release Herron, Morency

Nineteen players are cut and three are placed on injured reserve as they reach the 53-man limit, but this roster is far from a finished product.

The Green Bay Packers reached the 53-player roster limit on Saturday, but this is not a finished product. In a shock-free series of moves, the Packers released veteran running backs Noah Herron and Vernand Morency while keeping undrafted rookie Kregg Lumpkin, and kept seventh-round quarterback Matt Flynn and injured defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila.

The roster is far from complete. The team released defensive tackles Conrad Bolston, Alfred Malone and Daniel Muir, leaving only Ryan Pickett, Colin Cole and Johnny Jolly at the position. Plus, the Packers will need a long snapper after J.J. Jansen was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury sustained Thursday against Tennessee.

Seven linebackers made the cut, with Abdul Hodge, Desmond Bishop and Tracy White joining the starters and top backup Brandon Chillar.

In all, the Packers released 19 players — the others were wide receivers Brett Swain, Jake Allen, Johnny Quinn and Taj Smith, tight end Joey Haynos, fullback Corey White, center Brennen Carvalho, guard Ryan Keenan, tackle Orrin Thompson, linebackers Spencer Havner and Danny Lansanah, safety Tyrone Culver and cornerbacks Scorpio Babers and Joe Porter — and placed defensive tackle Rodney Allen, center Junius Coston and Jansen on injured reserve.

Swain was the only one of Thompson's nine draft picks who didn't make the roster, though the Packers likely will want to add him to the practice squad. Eight players can be signed to the practice squad, starting at 11 a.m. (Central) on Sunday.

General manager Ted Thompson will break down his roster at a news conference at 2 p.m. Sunday. No doubt, he will be asked if the team is comfortable with two rookies backing up quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

With the Packers in need of a long snapper and, presumably, a defensive tackle, there are three positions where Thompson can trim. There are 10 defensive backs, with safety Charlie Peprah making the team despite not playing during the preseason with a hamstring injury. There are nine offensive linemen, including fifth-round tackle Breno Giacomini, who was overmatched against the Titans on Thursday. And there are the seven linebackers, with White the likely cut or Bishop or Hodge available as trade bait.

Here's how the roster stands as of Saturday night.

Quarterbacks (3): Rodgers, Brian Brohm and Flynn.

Running backs (5): Ryan Grant, Brandon Jackson and Lumpkin at halfback, and Korey Hall and John Kuhn at fullback.

Wide receivers (5): Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, James Jones, Ruvell Martin and Jordy Nelson.

Tight ends (3): Donald Lee, Tory Humphrey and Jermichael Finley.

Offensive line (9): Chad Clifton, Mark Tauscher, Daryn Colledge, Tony Moll, Scott Wells, Jason Spitz, Allen Barbre, Josh Sitton and Giacomini.

Defensive line (9): Defensive ends Aaron Kampman, Cullen Jenkins, Gbaja-Biamila, Michael Montgomery, Jason Hunter and Jeremy Thompson, and tackles Pickett, Jolly, Cole.

Linebackers (7): Nick Barnett, A.J. Hawk, Brady Poppinga, Chillar, Hodge, Bishop and White.

Defensive backs (10): Cornerbacks Al Harris, Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams, Will Blackmon, Jarrett Bush and Pat Lee and safeties Nick Collins, Atari Bigby, Aaron Rouse and Peprah.

Special teams (2): Kicker Mason Crosby and punter Jon Ryan.

Bill Huber is editor of Packer Report and PackerReport.com. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com

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