The Green Bay Packers made it official on Monday afternoon by placing linebacker Rob Francois on injured reserve after he suffered an Achilles injury in Sunday’s win over the Detroit Lions.
In Francois’ place, the Packers have promoted cornerback James Nixon from the practice squad.
Nixon has been on the team’s practice squad for the final 14 games on the 2012 season plus the playoffs and then for the first four games of the current season.
The young cornerback memorably had an interception returned for a touchdown in Green Bay’s Family Night scrimmage back in August.
Seemingly, the Packers are thin at both the wide receiver and inside linebacker positions due to numbers and attrition on the roster. But it’s possible the Packers aren’t done making roster moves yet.
If either Clay Matthews or Brad Jones were to be placed on injured reserve, long-term or short-term, they would have room to replace them on the roster.
Whether or not those is are realistic options remains to be seen. McCarthy had little to share on the injuries sustained to Matthews and Jones in his Monday press conference.
There’s now an opening on the Packers’ practice squad to be filled as well.