Packers re-sign exclusive rights free agents Allison, Ringo

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers re-signed exclusive rights free agents Geronimo Allison and Christian Ringo, it was reported Friday evening.

Allison played admirably in the final two games of the 2016 season, hauling in eight passes for 157 yards and one touchdown. Ringo was waived by the team in September 2015 to be stashed on the practice squad. He appeared in eight games in 2016, logging two tackles and a forced fumble.

Both players will make an estimated $540,000 salary for the 2017 season, according to Spotrac.

Rookie Geronimo Allison pleads not guilty to marijuana charge

MANITOWOC, Wis. — Green Bay Packers rookie receiver Geronimo Allison has pleaded not guilty to a marijuana possession charge stemming from a September 2016 arrest.

Allison was not required to appear in court Monday, having his plea entered by his attorney, Brian Maloney. The next court date is set for Apr. 25.

The University of Illinois product was stopped in Manitowoc County on Sept. 4 for a speeding violation. The responding officer detected the scent of marijuana coming from Allison’ vehicle, and a search uncovered three cigars, two of which contained marijuana.

Allison played a key role in the Packers’ stretch of eight straight wins. He recorded a pair of touchdowns in the regular season, finishing his year (postseason included) with 17 catches for 267 yards.

Packers rule WR Jordy Nelson OUT for Sunday’s playoff game at Dallas

The Green Bay Packers will not have their leading receiver for their NFC Divisional Round matchup with the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Coach Mike McCarthy ruled wide receiver Jordy Nelson out for the game when he met with the media Friday morning. Nelson suffered several broken ribs in the Packers’ win over the New York Giants last Sunday. McCarthy said if the Packers advance to the NFC Championship game, Nelson will be reevaluated.

“He’ll continue to progress,” McCarthy said of Nelson. “He said he feels better every day.”

Nelson leads the Packers with 97 catches for 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns.

“It gives us one less receiver but obviously an extremely productive player,” McCarthy said of what the team will be missing. “You just go by the way the game plan was set, the importance and really the emphasis on Jordy Nelson. That’s gone. You just tilt opportunities the other way. That’s the way you always have to approach these types of situations anytime you have a player of his magnitude that’s not available.

“We anticipated potentially not having him this week, so we’ll be prepared for it.”

Nelson’s absence will mean more time for rookie Geronimo Allison and third-year pro Jeff Janis.

Packers add Bradford, several others to practice squad

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Packers have made a bevy of roster moves following the 53-man roster cuts, including adding linebacker Carl Bradford to the practice squad.

For the second straight year, Bradford will begin the season on the practice squad, after being cut on Saturday and clearing waivers on Sunday. Among the other roster moves made on Sunday are the following:

  • WR Herb Waters (practice squad)
  • G Lucas Patrick (practice squad)
  • LB Sam Barrington (claimed by Chiefs)
  • RB Jhurell Pressley (practice squad from Vikings)
  • LB Reggie Gilbert (practice squad)
  • DT Brian Price (practice squad)
  • WR Devon Cajuste (practice squad from 49ers)

At the time of publication, Green Bay has three spots remaining on the practice squad. Receiver Geronimo Allison has reportedly cleared waivers and the Packers are presumably working to add him to the practice squad as well.

Three-time Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton was released Saturday afternoon and is scheduling meetings with multiple teams. So far, that list includes the Bears and Saints.

Even with no Nelson, Packers receiver battle heats up

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin | Jordy Nelson remains sidelined.. for now. Although if Aaron Rodger’s recent comments are any indication, the Packers number one receiver is close to returning.

Receiver Ty Montgomery has already made his return from the physically unable to perform list along with tight end Jared Cook and linebacker Sam Barrington. Through two practices, Montgomery has performed well and feels confident coming off his lengthy ankle injury. “I’ve been working every day up until this point,” Montgomery said Wednesday afternoon after practice. “What I did yesterday is more than I’ve done since I’ve been working to come back. I was grateful for what I did then and what I was able to do today.”

Head coach Mike McCarthy seemed concerned that both Montgomery and Cook did a little too much their first day back. “Frankly I think the coaches got a little carried away with the production that Jared and Ty had,” said McCarthy. “They probably practiced a little more in the team periods that we would have liked.”

But Cook didn’t seem to mind the workload.  The veteran tight end who’s been battling a foot injury has been itching to get out on the field with his teammates. “It’s football withdrawals man,” said Cook Wednesday. “It’s not easy. When you’re accustomed to being out there. Just to be out there and go wide open with it felt great.”

The battle for which receivers will make the 53 man roster appear to be one of the most competitive positions in Packers camp. With Montgomery’s return that competition increases. And the play of Geronimo Allison can’t be overlooked. The undrafted rookie receiver out of Illinois who stands 6’3″ continues to make big plays. In Wednesday’s practice, Allison caught two touchdowns from Aaron Rodgers | one was a leaping grab over three defenders.  At one point the crowd chanted “Geronimo!”  Allison took notice. “I definitely enjoy it,” said Allison. “Fans are amazing. When I have time I sign as many autographs as I can. I try to embrace it!”

Geronimo Allison admits he has no idea if he’ll make the team but his goal is to give it his all every day and see what happens.

The Packers host the Browns in a preseason game Friday night at 7 at Lambeau Field.