Green Bay Packers: Winning the war of attrition

Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson looks on during warmups prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

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The Green Bay Packers signed tight end Jake Stoneburner and wide receiver Myles White onto the active roster after placing Randall Cobb on designated for return IR and placing OL Greg Van Roten on IR, meaning his season is officially over.

Cobb can return in 8 weeks.

This leaves Lane Taylor backing up their interior offensive line, and Marshall Newhouse backing up both tackle positions. If Dietrich-Smith were to get hurt, RT Don Barclay may move to center and Newhouse would move to RT. Help will soon be available via the PUP list, as Green Bay has 2 talented big men champing at the bit to get back in the game.  DL Jerel Worthy says he is ready to go but that it is up to the Packers now. OT Derek Sherrod actually started practicing yesterday and now a decision to activate him will need to be made in three weeks.

G/C J.C. Tretter is still on the mend and may or not be back to full health this season.

So help is on the way in the trenches, but at WR and LB, two positions hit pretty hard with injuries of late, Green Bay finds themselves with their proverbial ‘finger in the hole of the dike,’ hoping no more leaks (injuries) happen at those two positions. Anywhere else but QB, WR and LB, the Pack can still withstand a few injuries.

Signing White, Stoneburner to the roster and now with Tyrone Walker back onto the practice squad, it seems like they’re bringing the band back together from summer camp.

The Packers are built to win the war of attrition, but when one or two position groups get hit hard, it really stretches the depth of the roster and the practice squad.

Managing what you’re dealt with, constantly juggling the delicate balance of health for a team that plays a violent game, and having players available throughout the season, and having them all back by the playoffs, is a job Ted Thompson has seemed to have mastered before.

He’s doing a good job again, but the branch seems to almost be snapping. This is where an administrator can truly help a football team on the field.  Here is TT doing it yet again for the Green Bay Packers.

Thanks Ted.

Topics: Green Bay Packers, Ted Thompson

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