The Green Bay Packers continue to make roster moves today. According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsy, the Packers placed wide receiver Randall Cobb on injured reserve-designated to return, placed offensive lineman Greg Van Roten on season-ending injured reserve and signed receiver Myles White from their practice squad.
With Cobb slated to be out until at least week 15, many questions have surfaced as to what the Packers would do to fill the void on offense. While replacing a dynamic receiver like Cobb is difficult by itself, the team will also miss his play-making abilities all around. In addition to his duties as a receiver, Cobb has also carried the ball out of the backfield and returned kicks this season.
The Packers appear content to look to some of their current players and options. It has been speculated that tight end Jermichael Finley will see extensive time split out at receiver. This was already a given but was further fueled by the news that the Packers signed another of their practice squad players in that of tight end Jake Stoneburner.
White was signed for depth purposes as without Cobb, the Packers were down to just three receivers on their roster in that of James Jones, Jordy Nelson and Jarrett Boykin.
With Van Roten’s placement on IR comes some speculation as to how well offensive linemen Derek Sherrod and J.C. Tretter are progressing in their rehab from injury. Both are on the physically unable to perform list and are now officially eligible to begin practicing with the team. The Packers have up to three weeks to allow each to begin practicing and up to another three weeks from their first practice to either activate them, put them on season-ending injured reserve, or release them outright.
Sherrod hasn’t seen any football action since December of 2011 while Tretter was injured early in training camp during a non-contact drill. With Van Roten now out of the mix, the Packers have only rookie Lane Taylor and Marshall Newhouse behind the five offensive line starters. If Sherrod or Tretter are unable to return this season, the Packers will likely look to add another lineman for added depth.
What the Packers do with Sherrod, Tretter and defensive lineman Jerel Worthy, who is also on PUP, will lead to more roster moves in the coming weeks.