The Green Bay Packers have placed linebacker Nick Barnett on injured reserve, in effect ending his season.
To replace Barnett on the 53-man roster, the Packers have re-signed defensive lineman Michael Montgomery.
Barnett originally hurt his wrist in Week 4 against the Detroit Lions. He left the game and later returned to finish the game with a cast.
However, Barnett was withheld from last week's game against the Washington Redskins.
Barnett had surgery to repair his wrist on Tuesday, and it was thought that he may be able to return late in the season. But like the Ryan Grant decision earlier in the season, the Packers have decided they can't wait that long.
The addition of Montgomery can be seen a hedge against the recent injuries to fellow defensive linemen Ryan Pickett and Mike Neal. Pickett hurt his ankle early in the Redskins game. As for Neal, he also suffered a shoulder injury in the Washington game but fought it.
Neal practiced on the first day of preparation for the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday but was subsequently held out of Thursday's practice. His status for this Sunday is unknown.
Montgomery was originally drafted by the Packers in 2005 and played in Green Bay five season through 2009, including eight starts.
Not a good fit for Green Bay's 3-4 defense, Montgomery was cut before the start of the 2010 regular season and signed with divisional rival Minnesota Vikings. Montgomery has since been cut by the Vikings.
The signing of Montgomery could be viewed as a short-term solution. Following this Sunday's game against the Dolphins, the Packers host the Vikings next week and could be, at least in part, using Montgomery for his knowledge of his former employer.
It's not inconceivable to think that Montgomery could be cut when Pickett and Neal get healthy in addition to making room for the players on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list–Al Harris, Atari Bigby and James Starks–who are eligible to return to action starting next week.
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