Packers announce roster moves, finalize practice squad

The roster an NFL team has at 3 p.m. on cutdown day is rarely the same one it will have when it plays its first game. And that includes the Green Bay Packers.

About 24 hours after announcing their cuts to get down to the 53-man roster limit, the Packers issued another press release Sunday afternoon that saw additional shake up for a team getting ready to open the season against the Seattle Seahawks next weekend.

The most notable moves included the already reported signing of outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks and claiming outside linebacker Chris Odom off of waivers from the Atlanta Falcons.

Brooks reportedly signed a 1-year deal worth up to $5 million. He’s entering his 11th year in the NFL after spending the last eight with the San Francisco 49ers.

Odom, an undrafted free agent from Arkansas State, had very good preseason and was a surprise cut by the Falcons. He had 12.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss in college in 2016.

To make room for those two, the team traded outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott to the Dallas Cowboys for a conditional seventh-round pick and placed offensive lineman Don Barclay on injured reserve.

The team also announced its practice squad. All 10 players were with the team during training camp.

G Kofi Amichia
CB Donatello Brown
QB Joe Callahan
WR Michael Clark
LB Reggie Gilbert
DT Izaah Lunsford
LB Derrick Matthews
OL Adam Pankey
S Jermaine Whitehead
WR DeAngelo Yancey

Packers get key players back, others still remain out

The Green Bay Packers didn’t start their practice yesterday till the afternoon, but saw lots of names return to the practice field.

Damarious Randall and Malachi Dupre both returned to the field yesterday, after both suffered concussions on questionable hits in the first preseason game against the Eagles.

Ty Montgomery also was back at practice after suffering a lower body soft tissue injury. He was listed as a limited participant. Montgomery hopes to get some playing time this Saturday against the Denver Broncos.

The Packers also got Wide receiver Colby Pearson and Tight end Cody Peck back at practice.

Jayrone Elliott was the lone Packer to come down with an injury in yesterday’s practice. The Packers were depending on the fourth year player out of Toledo to have more of an impact at outside linebacker this season.

Players still being held out of practice were Davon House (hamstring), Jermaine Whitehead (hip), Demetri Goodson (knee), William Stanback (hamstring), Derrick Mathews (concussion), Jordan Tripp (Concussion), and Don Barclay (Ankle).

Dean Lowry, Vince Biegel, and Montravius Adams were also out of practice and are all likely to miss the rest of training camp and potentially the season opener.

Packers bring back Jayrone Elliott on one-year deal

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers will re-address their need for outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott in 2018 after re-signing him on a one-year, $1.6 million contract.

Elliott has spent his first three NFL seasons in Green Bay, mostly contributing as a member of the special teams unit. His role on the defense could increase after Julius Peppers left for Carolina, leaving just Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, and Kyler Fackrell as outside linebackers. Datone Jones is currently testing the free agent market.

After the Packers declined to tender the restricted free agent, Elliott met with the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers. The former undrafted free agent out of Toledo signed with Green Bay in 2014 on a three-year, $1.535 million contract.