The Green Bay Packers announced this afternoon that they have waived running back Brandon Saine. Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Joe Flanagan, Saine’s agent, said his client had failed a physical with the team.
Saine, the 24-year-old running back was signed in July 2011 as an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State, going on to appear in six games for the Packers last season. As a rookie he gained 69 yards rushing and receiving and was often injured.
Waiving Saine leaves the Packers with just three running backs on the current roster: James Starks, Alex Green, and DuJuan Harris, though veteran Cedric Benson was to have paid a visit to the Packers today to determine his future with the team.
The cutting of Saine may also tip the Packers hand that they most likely will draft a running back in the NFL Draft that begins tomorrow night. While Alabama running back Eddie Lacy has been most often linked to the Packers draft, it’s unlikely Ted Thompson will expend a first round choice on a running back. The only running back he has drafted as high as the second round since taking over as GM of the Packers was Brandon Jackson.