In the midst of injury concerns, an ex-Bears running back signs with the Packers.
Aaron Jones, a Pro Bowl running back for the Green Bay Packers, will be out for several weeks as he recovers from a sprained MCL in his right knee.
With Jones out, the Packers bolstered their roster by signing Kerrith Whyte Jr., a former Chicago Bears running back, to the practice squad.
Former Bears seventh-round draft pick (no.
Whyte, a 222-pound wide receiver out of Florida Atlantic, worked out for the Packers earlier this week, and they must have liked what they saw.
According to NFL insider Adam Schefter, Jones is expected to be out for 1-2 weeks, so Whyte’s time in Green Bay may be limited.
If Jones is able to return after missing two games, he will do so in Week 14, when the Bears face the Packers in a prime-time game.
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As a rookie, Whyte was poached from Chicago’s practice squad.
Whyte rushed 232 times for 1,358 yards and 11 touchdowns in three seasons as a starter at Florida Atlantic, averaging 5.9 yards per carry.
He was also a dangerous kick returner, with an average of over 26 yards per return.
The Bears liked Whyte’s speed, as he ran a 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds at FAU’s Pro Day, and they selected him in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Whyte was signed to the Bears’ practice squad, but he didn’t stay long.
In November of 2019, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed him, and he appeared in six games as a rookie, rushing for 122 yards on 24 carries (5.1 yards per carry).
In addition, he returned 14 kickoffs for an average of 18.9 yards per return.
Since his time with the Steelers, Whyte has bounced around a bit, most recently spending the 2020 season on the Detroit Lions’ practice squad.
This year, he played for the Buffalo Bills and the Jacksonville Jaguars, most recently spending a few weeks on the Jags’ practice squad before being released on November 8.
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