The Green Bay Packers reportedly promoted quarterback Scott Tolzien from the team’s practice squad to the active roster today according to Bill Huber of PackerReport.com.
The move would fill the last roster spot that was open following some additional moves the Packers made yesterday. Among those were placing tight end Jermichael Finley and linebacker Sam Barrington on season-ending injured reserve.
Tolzien was signed to Green Bay’s practice squad just prior to the Packers week one game against the San Francisco 49ers. When the Cleveland Browns tried to sign him to their active roster, the Packers significantly increased his salary in order to keep him.
That effort has paid off for both Tolzien, who finally makes it to the 53-man roster, and the Packers who now have a backup quarterback to Seneca Wallace.
Prior to Tolzien’s promotion, and after Aaron Rodgers was ruled out for the remainder of the game against the Chicago Bears, the Packers’ emergency quarterback was said to be receiver Jordy Nelson.
Tolzien is thought to be a smart player and finished his three-year career with the Wisconsin Badgers in 2010 with 32 touchdown passes and a 68.1% completion percentage. He has yet to take a single snap in an NFL game. I wouldn’t expect to see Tolzien unless Wallace is unable to play for any reason.
It was also reported today that the timetable for Rodgers’ return has expanded and could be anywhere from four to six weeks. Rodgers status is reportedly listed as “week to week” as his collarbone injury is being allowed to heal on its own versus having surgery. When Rodgers is able to return, it is uncertain if the Packers would plan to keep Tolzien on the active roster or move him back to the practice squad. It would seem that there is some interest around the league for the young quarterback’s services if he were to be demoted at some point. There’s also the fact that, if released, Tolzien would have to clear waivers before the Packers could re-sign him to their practice squad.——————
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