Packers add much-needed depth at cornerback with key players out

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With Jaire Alexander going to injured reserve and Kevin King injuring his shoulder in Week 5, the Green Bay Packers desperately needed to make a move at cornerback.

And now they have.

According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Packers are signing veteran cornerback Quinton Dunbar to their practice squad.

Last week, the Packers signed cornerback Rasul Douglas.

Both Dunbar and Douglas could soon see defensive snaps for the Packers considering the team’s injury list.

Alexander will miss at least three games as he’s on injured reserve, while it remains unclear whether King will miss any time. Before adding in Dunbar and Douglas, the Packers would be down to rookie Eric Stokes, Chandon Sullivan, Isaac Yiadom, and Shemar Jean-Charles at cornerback.

In Dunbar, Green Bay is getting a player with plenty of experience in the NFL. He has played in 64 regular-season games with 31 starts, making 40 pass defenses and 10 interceptions in that time. He adds some much-needed depth to the secondary.

While adding Dunbar and Douglas makes a lot of sense, Green Bay will be desperate to get Alexander back as soon as possible. There aren’t many cornerbacks in football who could replace what Alexander brings to the defense. An All-Pro last season, Alexander is one of the very best at his position in the league.

Hopefully King won’t miss much time, either. While he has received plenty of criticism for his play over the past year, he actually had a strong game against the Cincinnati Bengals before getting hurt. It was something to build on.

But with Alexander out a little while and King’s status uncertain, the Packers desperately needed to bring in some more help at cornerback. And like last week, they have.

Don’t be surprised if Dunbar is called up from the Packers’ practice squad sooner rather than later.