It was reported Wednesday afternoon that the Green Bay Packers were going to be re-signing defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois. Now we know how the team made room on the roster for the veteran.
The Packers announced Thursday that tackle Jason Spriggs had been placed on the injured reserve with a hamstring injury. It doesn’t necessarily mean he’s done for the season, but he must sit at least eight weeks before Green Bay could bring him back as one of its two IR players designated to return.
Francois signed with the Packers as a free agent in March, played in the season opener against Seattle and then was cut last week as injuries at other positions forced the team’s hand. His signing suggests the hip injury Mike Daniels is dealing with could keep him out this weekend and likely longer.
Spriggs, a second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, was injured while protecting on the field goal unit against the Seahawks.
Just nine months after being lauded for his work in slowing New York Giants All-Pro wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in last year’s playoffs, cornerback Ladarius Gunter is now out of a job.
Green Bay waived the former undrafted free agent to make room for wide receiver Geronimo Allison, who is back after serving his 1-game suspension last weekend.
Gunter played in seven games as a rookie in 2015 before playing in all 16 a year ago, including 15 starts. He collected 54 tackles, 12 passes defended and two forced fumbles.
Meanwhile, one of Green Bay’s free agent acquisitions is also no longer with the team.
As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Shefter, the Packers released defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois on Tuesday afternoon.
Francois signed a 1-year deal worth $1.6 million this offseason after spending his first nine years in three different cities — San Francisco, Indianapolis and Washington.
The 31-year-old got just six snaps against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, and the move suggests Green Bay is confident that new signee Quiton Dial is an upgrade, and that 2017 third-round pick Montravious Adams is getting closer to 100-percent after missing most of training camp.
The Packers (1-0) will head to Atlanta (1-0) this Sunday to take on the Falcons in a rematch of the 2016 NFC Championship Game.
Christine Michael’s time with the Green Bay Packers will last longer than six games.
ESPN is reporting that the running back has re-signed with the team after visiting them on Wednesday.
Michael was claimed off of waivers from the Seattle Seahawks midway through the 2016 season, and went on to carry the ball 31 times for 1144 yards and one touchdown in six games for the Packers, including 45 yards in a win over the Chicago Bears.
Bringing Michael back gives Green Bay three running backs on their roster, as he joins converted wide receiver Ty Montgomery and undrafted free agent Don Jackson in the team’s backfield.
ESPN’s Field Yates also reported that tackle Byron Bell visited Green Bay on Wednesday, while ESPN’s Rob Demovsky tweeted that the team would be hosting defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois.
Bell was on the Tennessee Titans injured reserve all of 2016 after sustaining an ankle injury. Prior to that, though, he had started 72 of 78 possible games between the Titans and Carolina Panthers.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers are set to host veteran free agent defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois on Wednesday, following visits with the Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears.
Green Bay has already added three new players through free agency, but the impending four-game suspension of Letroy Guion has the Packers looking for depth heading into next season. Jean Francois is heading into his ninth NFL season, having played the last two years with the Washington Redskins. Jean Francois has experience playing in both 3-4 and 4-3 defensive schemes.
Jean Francois was selected in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft, recording 153 career tackles and 12 career sacks.
Regardless of whether or not Green Bay signs Jean Francois, the Packers have been planning to insert second-year defensive lineman Kenny Clark into that role. They’re hoping Clark can step in for Guion as a pass-rusher, but also act as a run-stuffer after the 2015 departure of B.J. Raji.