Packers place veteran pass rusher on injured reserve, sign ex-Steelers running back

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Packers Place Veteran Pass Rusher on Injured Reserve, Sign Former Steelers RB

Following the Green Bay Packers’ injury-plagued weekend, a few roster changes were made.

On Tuesday, November 16, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst placed veteran pass rusher Whitney Mercilus on injured reserve and signed practice squad outside linebacker Tipa Galeai to fill his spot on the 53-man roster.

Mercilus tore his biceps in Week 10’s win over Seattle, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, and will miss the rest of the 2021 season.

To make room on the practice squad, the Packers signed former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Kerrith Whyte and outside linebacker La’Darius Hamilton, while releasing defensive lineman Auzoyah Alufohai.

Hamilton was on the active roster for about two months before being released last week, and he’s now back for depth after injuries to both Mercilus and starter Rashan Gary.

Whyte’s addition is also a direct result of injuries, as star running back Aaron Jones suffered a knee injury against the Seahawks and is expected to miss a few weeks despite avoiding being placed on injured reserve.

The Packers’ primary backfield options, AJ Dillon and Patrick Taylor, are set to take over, but they’ll almost certainly add a third rusher to their active roster before facing the Minnesota Vikings in Week 11 to give themselves a safety net.

It could be Whyte, or it could be Ryquell Armstead, a former Jacksonville Jaguars backup who was signed on November 3.

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