Packers activate another quarterback from the reserve list after releasing one.


The Packers have released one quarterback and activated another from the reserve list.

The Green Bay Packers are going back to their original quarterback set-up after a few weeks of COVID-19 issues.

On Monday, November 15, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst announced a pair of quarterback moves, releasing veteran Blake Bortles from the practice squad and activating third-stringer Kurt Benkert from the reserveCOVID-19 list of the practice squad.

Bortles was re-signed to the Packers’ practice squad on November 4 after both Benkert and starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19, spending one game on the active roster as a backup option behind Love; however, Bortles did not play a snap and was relegated to the practice squad following the Packers’ Week 9 loss in Kansas City.

When Benkert was cleared to return, his release seemed inescapable.

I’m grateful I don’t have to watch the games anymore from my couch https:t.co0Jl2kyk2EW

November 15, 2021, by Kurt Benkert (@KurtBenkert)

Now that the Packers’ quarterback room is back up to full strength, they’ll be hoping there’s no reason to switch away from Rodgers for the rest of the 2021 season.

For the time being, COVID-19 will not affect his availability.

Rodgers is exempt from daily testing for the virus for a 90-day period, which will end two days after the NFC Championship Game is scheduled to be played, according to the NFLNFLPA’s COVID-19 protocols.

If another outbreak occurs before then, he will not be subject to missing time as a high-risk close contact.

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Benkert’s Long-Term Value

The return of a third-string quarterback on the practice squad may appear insignificant for a Packers team that is now 8-2 and several games ahead of the NFC North division, but getting Benkert back on track could be critical for the team’s long-term quarterback prospects in 2022.

During the upcoming offseason, the Packers are expected to make a decision on their starting quarterback.

It appears unlikely that both first-round quarterbacks will be on their roster when the 2022 season begins, whether they sign Rodgers to a new contract or trade him and let Love take over the offense.

They’ll need a backup with experience in their system, regardless of which option they choose.


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