The Green Bay Packers released 18 players and placed four on season-ending injured reserve to cut down their roster to the 53 man mark to open the 2014 regular season.
It’s that awful day when a knock on the door or a call to your cell could mean the Turk is looking for you.
The following players have been released or placed on IR, according to the Packers team website and various sources.
CB Ryan White – Per ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, White has been released and is a candidate for the practice squad.
T John Fullington-Also according to Demovsky, the Packers have released Fullington. The undrafted rookie out of Washington State also is eligible for the practice squad.
RB Michael Hill – Per Green Bay Press-Gazette’s Wes Hodkiewicz, Hill is released and the Packers will stick with four running backs, including fullback John Kuhn. Hill could be a practice squad candidate after spending time on last year’s squad for the Packers. Hill was also promoted to the active roster for a short stint last season as well.
G Jordan McCray – According to Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press Gazette, McCray has been released and was told he will be placed on the practice squad once he clears waivers. This would be a move to shore up depth on the Packers’ offensive line
RB LaDarius Perkins – Perkins has been released per Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Another practice squad possibility, and it could come down to Perkins and Hill for a spot.
LB Jake Doughty – Doughty was released according to Demovsky but could also be another possibility for the practice squad per the ESPN reporter.
WR Alex Gillet – Per Bill Huber of Packer Report, the Packers have parted ways with Gillet. Gillet raised fans’ eyebrows with a fourth quarter touchdown catch against the Raiders, but apparently that wasn’t enough to keep him around. He improved greatly over 2013 so the practice squad is a good possibility if he doesn’t get claimed by another team.
S Tanner Miller – per Tom Silverstein, Miller has been released and no word yet on whether the Packers may try to add him to the practice squad. Miller fell victim to a number’s game, with the team proving to have strong safety depth throughout camp.
CB Jumal Rolle – per Tom Silverstein. This one is a bit surprising. He performed well in camp practices, but wasn’t able to carry it over to the preseason games. Packers may have deferred to sixth rounder Demetri Goodson.
S Chris Banjo – Tom Silverstein says a source has told him Banjo has been informed he was let go. Packers to go with only 4 safeties. Banjo is PS eligible under the new rules.
WR Myles White – Bill Huber of Packer Report says Myles White has been informed of his release. He belongs on an NFL roster, but not in the Packers’ loaded WR group.
DL Carlos Gray – Bill Huber of Packers Report sites a source as saying Carlos Gray has been released. Gray was a camp underdog that nonetheless opened some eyes.
LB Adrian Hubbard – The Packers team website is listing Hubbard as one of those who were released and did not indicate an injured-reserve designation, as was earlier reported. Hubbard wasn’t able to crack a crowded position group but may be back on the team’s practice squad if he can clear waivers.
WR Kevin Dorsey – per Bill Huber of Packer Report. Dorsey had issues with drops and couldn’t make an impression this summer. This signals that the Packers are sticking with five receivers this year, with Jeff Janis being the fifth.
C Garth Gerhart – per team website. Gerhart spent last season on the Packers practice squad. With J.C. Tretter likely to return from a knee injury and rookie Corey Linsley stepping in while Tretter is out, there was no room for a third center on the roster.
DE Luther Robinson – per team website. Robinson wasn’t able to show enough to crack the defensive line rotation, despite the trade of Jerel Worthy and season-ending injury of B.J. Raji. The team opted to keep undrafted free agent Mike Pennel in this group.
OT Jeremy Vujnovich – per team’s website. Vujnovich was another victim of the numbers game as the Packers already seemingly had their three rotational offensive linemen chosen in Derek Sherrod, Corey Linsley and Lane Taylor.
TE Justin Perillo – per team’s website. With the designation of Stoneburner on IR and with Brandon Bostick likely to be out several weeks, there was a thought that Perillo may be kept on the active roster. He was one of the last cuts made and he would seem to be very high on the Packers’ list of players they’d like to add to their practice squad.
OT Aaron Adams (IR) – The first of the moves announced. He has been placed on season-long injured reserve.
TE Jake Stoneburner (IR) – per Wes Hodkiewicz. The undrafted free agent from Ohio State was a bubble player during camp and saw his value rise slightly when Bostick went down with an injury. Still, tight end was one of the most competitive positions on this roster. The Packers team website is listing Stoneburner as one of four players recently placed on injured reserve.
DL Khyri Thornton (IR) – per the Packers team website, Thornton was placed on season-ending injured reserve. Thornton suffered a hamstring injury during Thursday’s preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs. A third-round selection, Thornton was a huge disappointment during the Packers offseason and preseason. He won’t be permitted to practice with the team for the remainder of this season so his future with the team is in question.
LB Nate Palmer (IR) – per Wes Hodkiewicz and the Packers team website. He has been placed on season-long injured reserve.
For those looking for which quarterback is released, you can end your search. Tom Silverstein just reported the Packers will keep three quarterbacks this season and we have to assume that Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn are the other two.