Green Bay Packers announced five different list transfers on Tuesday.
The team placed outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus in the injured reserve, signed outside linebacker Tipa Galea from the 53-man training team, signed outside linebacker La’Darius Hamilton and runner Kerrith Whyte to the training team and released defending lineman Auzoyah Alufohain. training group.
Here’s a quick breakdown of all five stores:
Expected movement. Mercilus, who suffered fires and 10 pressures in four games with the Packers, tore his biceps and skips the rest of 2021. He was injured while trying to fire Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson on Sunday. The 31-year-old Mercilus, signed after the release of Texans last month, proved to be an effective rotational pain for Packers. He will be a free agent after the 2021 season.
Mercilus ’injury finally gives Packers’ second-year edge rusher a chance at an active roster. An undrafted free agent from Utah State, Galeai spent his first year and a half in Green Bay on the training team. He’s a £ 229 undersize outsider, but his explosive business skills can make him a resource in clear passes, shelter and special teams. Galeai played one match (nine starting passes) last season as a rookie. Outside linebackers coach Mike Smith believes he could be a distracting player.
It has been a wild trip to Hamilton. Packers originally signed him from the Buccaneers training team in mid-September to help replace Za’Darius Smith. He played a handful of starting passes over three games as a substitute defender. The Packers released him on Saturday, but he will immediately return to Green Bay to help the depths after Mercilus and Rashan Gary (elbow) were injured on Sunday. The Packers could lift him off the training team twice to play schnapps over the next few weeks.
Because of Aaron Jones ’knee injury, the Packers increased the depth of the run. Whyte, Bears ’seventh-round choice in 2019, has played six careers at the NFL level, and the Packers is his sixth team. His combination of speed and recovery can make him a height candidate as Jones recovers in the coming weeks. Whyte joins Ryquell Armstead (signed last week) as two coaches for the Packers practice team. The team needs 3rd place on the game day list, so expect a rise this week.
The Packers signed to the Alufohai training team on November 2nd. He was one of three defensive linemen on the training team, so the team probably felt comfortable. Depth was needed in the outside line and runner, so Alufohai was released.