Packers make injury moves to get down to 75 players
Tight end Colt Lyerla (46). (Injured reserve.) Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It appears the Green Bay Packers are going the injury route to lower their roster to 75 players, as required today by the NFL.
Per ESPN's Rob Demovsky:
Indeed all injury-related: Jared Abbrederis Don Barclay Rajion Neal B.J. Raji Joe Thomas Andrew Tiller All on injured reserve. #Packers— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) August 26, 2014
Many of those roster moves were expected, particularly the B.J. Raji move.
They also have let talented tight end Colt Lyerla go.
Packers waived former Oregon TE Colt Lyerla with an injury settlement, per league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 26, 2014
Per agent Vinnie Porter, the #Packers gave Colt Lyerla an eight-week regular-season injury settlement.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) August 26, 2014
That means the #Packers would not be able to bring him back until after Week 14 of the regular season.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) August 26, 2014
Porter (cont): "This allows them to bring him back later this year. Allows other teams to do the same, but they're willing to take the risk"— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) August 26, 2014
USA TODAY'S Tom Peliserro gave this perspective:
Reasoning for #Packers waiving Lyerla: if they IR'd him, that'd mean another full year without playing football. This way he has a chance.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 26, 2014
The team initially intended to keep Lyerla on injured reserve after his torn knee ligaments suffered during the Family Night practice earlier this month.