In addition to the previously revealed roster move putting Green Bay Packers cornerback Al Harris on the reserve Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, safety Atari Bigby and rookie running back James Starks will join Harris on the reserve PUP list.
The other move to get the Packers down to Tuesday's mandated 75-man roster limit was placing undrafted rookie running back Quinn Porter on injured reserve.
When a player moves from the active PUP list to the reserve PUP list, they no longer count toward the team's active roster. Furthermore, that player is not eligible to play for the first six weeks of the NFL season.
In those six weeks, the player may not practice with the team. However, they may take part in rehabilitation and team meetings.
Following Week 6, the team has a three-week window to allow the player to begin practicing. Once they begin practicing, the team has three additional weeks to put that player on their active roster.
Once activated, a corresponding roster move must be made to make room for the player coming off PUP.
If the player does not begin practicing or is not activated by Week 12, they must remain on PUP for the remainder of the season.
The moves made on Tuesday leave the Packers without great depth in the secondary heading into the regular season.
Tramon Williams has been replacing Harris as one of the team's starting cornerbacks, but the depth in the team's subpackages continues to be a problem. Brandon Underwood, who began training camp as the team's top candidate as the nickel cornerback, is struggling through a shoulder issue that dates back to his college playing days.
Pat Lee has not made a serious run for nickel position in the month of August. And that has led to the Packers experimenting with undrafted rookie Sam Shields as the team's nickel back. Beyond that, the only other option currently on the 53-man roster is Jarrett Bush who held that role as recently as late in the 2009 season.
At safety, third-round draft choice Morgan Burnett has been starting at one safety position opposite Nick Collins. Burnett remains a work in progress, and behind him, the Packers have a collection of safeties better known for their special teams play.
Those safeties include Derrick Martin, Charlie Peprah, the injury-riddled Will Blackmon and undrafted rookie Anthony Levine.
As for the rookie running backs, Porter's season with the Packers is over after suffering a knee sprain. But they'll have six more weeks to evaluate the progress of Starks as he recovers from a hamstring pull this past May.
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