On Tuesday, the Green Bay Packers announced that rookie wide receiver Kevin Dorsey and outside linebacker Jarvis Reed were two of the four players placed on the team’s injured reserve in order for the team to get down to the mandatory 75 players on their roster.
Placing Dorsey and Reed on the team’s IR seemed like a peculiar move considering both players’ injuries didn’t appear serious at first. It was hard to believe the Packers would keep both Dorsey and Reed on their IR for the remainder of the season.
BTW, both Kevin Dorsey and Jarvis Reed were waived-injured and likely will be released once injury settlements are reached #Packers
— Wes Hodkiewicz (@WesHod) August 27, 2013
This means both Dorsey and Reed will not be with the team this year. At first, placing them on IR appeared to be a maneuver to bring both players back next season, but it doesn’t appear now this will be the case.
Dorsey dealt with numerous injuries during OTAs and training camp. The Maryland prospect could never quite get healthy enough to see the field, which hurt his chances for making the team. Other young receivers, like Tyrone Walker and Myles White, have had good camps and have made pushes for rosters spots. It will be interesting to see if Dorsey will get claimed off the waiver wire by any other teams around the league.
Reed had a disappointing preseason. He looked out of place in the running game and didn’t provide any pass rush on the field. As a former defensive end from Prairie View A&M, Reed couldn’t quite make the transition to outside linebacker and make a push for the roster.
The Packers will have some tough cuts to make this Saturday, when the team needs to get down to 53 players on the roster. They can bring up to eight players back on their practice squad once the players clear waivers on Sunday.
We’ll see who makes a case for the final roster in tomorrow’s preseason finale against the Kansas City Chiefs.