It appears neither of the offseason darlings will be a member of the Green Bay Packers 53-man roster in 2012.
According to a source, the Packers released both Tori Gurley and Diondre Borel Friday. NFL teams must have their rosters trimmed to 53 players by Friday's 4:00 ET deadline.
Both Gurley (6-4, 230 lbs.) and Borel (6-0 199) dealt with injuries and inconsistency this camp, but the two did combine for four catches and 96 yards in the Packers' preseason finale Thursday night. Gurley had two catches for 69 yards, including a 54-yard catch in the second quarter that set up Green Bay's first touchdown. Borel finished with two for 27.
Earlier this offseason, both players were considered strong candidates to crack the 53-man roster. There was even speculation that the Packers could have released Donald Driver to pave the way for one of the two, but Driver was brought back on a re-structured deal.
The two could still be options to bring back to the practice squad, but chances are a receiver-needy NFL team (Miami Dolphins?) will be ready to pick up either player. The two have shown enough for consideration on a 53-man roster lacking the depth at receiver that Green Bay currently has.
The Packers have also reportedly released Nic Cooper, Tommie Draheim, Andrew Datko, Sampson Genus and Anthony Levine.
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