Packers roster move a great sign for Jordan Love’s potential return
A recent Green Bay Packers roster move could indicate that Jordan Love is set to return in the preseason finale on Saturday afternoon.
Second-year quarterback Jordan Love has missed some time with a shoulder injury he suffered in the Green Bay Packers‘ preseason opener.
The injury would keep him out of last week’s exhibition contest against the New York Jets, but Love could be set to make his return in Saturday’s final preseason game versus the Buffalo Bills.
On Friday, the Packers announced that they have released quarterback Jake Dolegala, who was brought back for last week’s preseason game.
This is likely an indicator that Love is good to go against the Bills.
The roster move means Green Bay is back down to three quarterbacks on the roster. Aaron Rodgers hasn’t played a single snap in the preseason and there has been no indication yet that he’ll be active against the Bills.
If Love can’t play, that would only leave Kurt Benkert on the roster for the game. The Packers wouldn’t enter a game with only one quarterback available, even if the backup didn’t end up playing.
Unless the plan is for Rodgers to get some playing time, it seems likely releasing Dolegala means Love will play.
This comes a day after head coach Matt LaFleur said Love had felt “no pain” after returning to practice, which was another good sign for his availability this week.
Oftentimes, a roster move made a day or two before a game can give a clue as to which injured players might be available or not. Often, if a backup option is released, it means the injured star has been cleared to play.
Unless the Packers plan to either bring in another QB or start Rodgers against the Bills, releasing Dolegala is likely a good sign for Love’s availability.