Head coach Mike McCarthy said during his day-after press conference that tight end Jermichael Finley will be placed on injured reserve, ending his season.
Safety Anthony Smith, who the Packers are working to acquire in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars, will take Finley's place on the 53-man roster.
It was speculated that Finley, who tore his meniscus in Week 5 against the Washington Redskins, would possibly be able to come back late in the season after an 8 to 10 week layoff.
The Packers ultimately decided they couldn't wait for Finley. His return was uncertain, and he was occupying a roster spot in the meantime.
Several media outlets reported last week that Finley would be placed on injured reserve. While the Packers didn't make a move immediately, they were proven correct.
Not only have the Packer cleared room for Smith, they may have to clear more space for the players coming off the Physically Unable to Perform list. However, no move is inevitable.
The players, by rule, have a three-week window to return to practice and be evaluated and then another three-week window to be activated to the 53-man roster or be placed on injured reserve.
The loss of Finley is obviously a blow to the offense. In basically only four weeks of play, he had 21 receptions for 301 yards and a touchdown. Despite not playing in most of the past two games, Finley is still second on the team in receptions behind only Donald Driver and still ahead of Greg Jennings.
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