The Green Bay Packers (6-6-1) have made a couple of roster moves involving a pair of rookies. On Tuesday, the Packers activated offensive lineman J.C. Tretter off of the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) list and placed wide receiver Myles White on the season-ending injured-reserve (IR) list, according to Packers' General Manager Ted Thompson.
Tretter, one of three players selected in the fourth round by the Packers in April's NFL Draft, suffered a severe ankle injury in mini-camp and he was placed on the PUP list at the beginning of training camp. Tretter will likely serve as a backup center and guard behind veterans Josh Sitton, T.J. Lang, Evan Dietrich-Smith and rookie Lane Taylor. Tretter is now one of nine offensive linemen on the 53-man roster.
The 6'4, 307-pound rookie from Cornell could potentially become the Packers' center sooner rather than later, as Dietrich-Smith has continued to battle ongoing knee and ankle problems. Dietrich-Smith is also a free agent at the end of the season and it's unknown whether he will return to Green Bay.
Green Bay drafted the former Cornell standout awfully high because of his great athleticism and raw potential. Before earning All-American honors playing left tackle for Cornell, Tretter was a quarterback, running back and wide receiver at Akron Central High School (OH).
The Packers placing White on the IR is somewhat of a surprise in Green Bay. White had not been listed on any of the Packers' injury reports leading up to Tuesday and it is unclear why the Packers decided to place White on the IR.
An undrafted rookie from Louisiana Tech, White caught seven passes for 66 yards after he was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster once wide receivers Randall Cobb and James Jones suffered injuries in a win over the Baltimore Ravens in week six.
White's designation could possibly mean that Cobb could return from the IR sooner than expected. The Packers placed Cobb on the IR with a designation to return after he broke his fibula against the Ravens and he is eligible to return to the field on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
On Monday, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said Cobb had not been medically cleared to participate in practice and it seemed very unlikely he would play against the Cowboys this weekend. Rumors have spread that Cobb would not come back and play this season, but placing White on the IR means there is hope that Cobb could return within the next few weeks.
Before breaking his fibula, Cobb, arguably the Packers' most versatile and dangerous offensive weapon, caught 29 passes for 378 yards and scored two touchdown in four and a half games of action. If Cobb isn't activated by Sunday, the Packers will only have four wide receivers this weekend in Dallas.
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