Jace Sternberger placed on injured reserve

The rookie tight end is eligible to return later in the season. 

The Packers announced that they have placed rookie tight end Jace Sternberger on injured reserve. 

Taking his place on the 53 man roster is wide receiver Allen Lazard, who will be called up from the practice squad. 

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albert999's picture

September 03, 2019 at 10:20 pm

The play he got hurt on looked pretty bad for his leg/knee/ankle
Not surprised....he’s young he’ll bounce back
Feel bad for him though

What’s up with Savage now keeping 26
WTF?

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Nononsense's picture

September 04, 2019 at 12:25 am

Costs too much to change numbers and it sucks for whoever bought a Savage 26 jersey.

Ol Sternberger is not off to a great start is he, a concussion then a trip to IR with a busted up knee/ankle. Get well soon man they're probably gonna need ya.

Definitely needs to bulk up a little, hes a bit wirey.

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Coldworld's picture

September 04, 2019 at 09:13 am

Getting blindsided after a play? I think it’s a little excessive to start doubting his physique based on that plus an ankle.

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Tundraboy's picture

September 03, 2019 at 10:28 pm

Would have liked to see him play more, but hopefully later in season. Months of weight training will serve him better in the long run. For all his skills doesn't have an NFL ready body just yet. Playing him from the start would have put him at risk with more injuries and set him back even more.

And we keep Lazard!

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optimisticfan's picture

September 04, 2019 at 08:51 am

I think there could be a decent probability that Sternberger doesn’t get brought back from IR this year if there are a lot of other injuries. There might be 2 other IR guys that they want back more for their playoff run ;)

Even if there aren’t many other guys who go on IR early in the season, it seems more likely he gets brought back if there are multiple WRs lost for the season than a TE injury.

Example, hypothetically:

Week 2: Lewis or Vitale has a minor injury but will only be out for 1-2 games. However being cautious and forward thinking BG releases Malik Taylor from the PS and places Tommy Bohanon on the PS

Week 4: Davis goes on IR from a brutal hit while returning.

Week 8: Lewis or Tonyan goes on IR

Who do they place on the 53?
1) Evan Baylis
2) Tommy Bohanon
3) Sternberger
4) someone else (Waived player already added to the PS)
5) John Kuhn
6) Justin Outten
7) Aaron Nagler
(I think those are in descending order)

Whether or when Sternberger comes back from IR obviously depends on his progress in blocking, learning playbook etc, other needs on the team due to injuries, and the outlook on the season (playoffs?).

Here’s hoping no one else gets injured and Sternberger comes back for at least some practice experience.

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Ryan B Dub's picture

September 03, 2019 at 10:34 pm

Was hoping to see a few burgers hit the end zone. Perhaps it’s all up to Big Bob now! Hope this kid gets back healthy soon, and he and Tonyan can be great together.

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Daren726's picture

September 03, 2019 at 11:31 pm

I wasn’t very impressed with what I had seen in the preseason. There were a few flashes of what could be. And yes, the play he got hurt on made me say out loud that his leg didn’t look right. I could tell something serious had happened. He tried to play it off with the coaches, but they took him out. His body seems fragile for the NFL. I’m hoping next year with conditioning and training and working out he’ll be able to be in a better place starting the year.

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Coldworld's picture

September 04, 2019 at 09:16 am

He was really starting to show up in practices right before he got taken out after a joint practice play.

That said, I didn’t expect him to see the field a lot early anyway.

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Nick Perry's picture

September 04, 2019 at 04:45 am

Well SH**

I really liked this kid coming out and hope he gets and STAYS healthy quickly. They say TE is one of the most difficult positions to learn in the NFL. With Jimmy Graham as your starter, you want the guy you spent a day 2 pick on to eventually take his place on the roster and not on IR.

And so the injuries start...UGH!

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Lphill's picture

September 04, 2019 at 05:30 am

He will have time to learn as well as build up his body not a bad move for now may pay dividends down the road .

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optimisticfan's picture

September 04, 2019 at 06:44 am

I like the move. Time to rehab and bulk up yes. But really hope Sternberger hits the playbook and observes every snap Lewis and Tonyan play on film. Time to learn to block.

Other upside is one more player to get on the PS and more potential to churn for BG. Markus Jones to PS?

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TXCHEESE's picture

September 04, 2019 at 06:30 pm

Absolutely correct. Hit the weights and learn the offense inside and out. If they need him after the season’s midpoint, hopefully he’ll be ready. If not, come back next year as a [email protected]@s.

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Nick Perry's picture

September 04, 2019 at 06:45 am

Hopefully... I still would have liked to see the kid get his feet wet THIS year. Now we need to wait a year after he only played one season at a D-1 school. Maybe it's not a big deal but IMO he would have been so much better off when next season rolled around with a year on playing time under his belt. There's no substitute for playing experience.

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optimisticfan's picture

September 04, 2019 at 09:17 am

Yeah it is not ideal but look at it this way. He likely wasn’t going to play that many snaps anyways, if he couldn’t block well. Tonyan (TE1 in my view) and Lewis will play most of the snaps with RPO or other versatile formations. I think GB is hoping Graham can still light it up in the Redzone and he gets passing TE snaps.

Sternberger isn’t missing that much early on. I think he is able to practice after 6 weeks? So probably the most downside is the practice he misses. But can still participate in meetings, film review, learning playbook, lifting etc

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Guam's picture

September 04, 2019 at 07:41 am

I don't believe Sternberger can practice until he comes off IR. Missing practice is not the best, but it does give him a year in the weight room to get NFL ready. Since he wasn't going to play much this year and TE's typically take a couple of years to develop, I don't think this is a bad outcome.

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Matt Gonzales's picture

September 04, 2019 at 07:50 am

Correct. He can attend meetings and use the training/rehab facilities, but no practice unless he gets removed from IR and designated for return, and the soonest that can happen is week 9.

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Tundraboy's picture

September 04, 2019 at 10:17 am

Agree NP,but he may come back. Depending of course on how he recovers,but if he does come back towards the end of the season he will play. Unlike with MM where he would just get buried except for a play or two.

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Gort's picture

September 04, 2019 at 06:25 am

This probably was the plan since Sternberger got hurt. The key was when Lazard cleared waivers.
At least we didn't have to wait for 2 weeks to get the roster back to 53.

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Lare's picture

September 04, 2019 at 10:12 am

Wasn't Lazard in the concussion protocol?

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blacke00's picture

September 04, 2019 at 08:28 am

The key here is that Lazard in now on the roster. As I've said before, Alison will be here next year if he has a big year( same can be said for Kumerow). The Packers can't afford paying him(them) when they have a lot of others to pay first.

This moves protects the Packers over the long run.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

September 04, 2019 at 08:40 am

Wouldn't be so sure Allison will be here next year. Need to look at overall salary cap and the performance of guys like MVS, Davis, Lazard, Kumerow, and Shepherd. A big picture overview.

Having said that I think Allison is one of the most overlooked players on the roster. Great guy and interview. Hope he has a fantastic season!

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blacke00's picture

September 04, 2019 at 08:29 am

Sorry, Will not be here next year.

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Rossonero's picture

September 04, 2019 at 11:04 am

It's a shame because I don't see us paying the $7M I believe we'll owe to Jimmy Graham next year. I also am not sure if Marcedes Lewis will be back in 2020 either. What I'm getting at is that Sternberger is going to be relied on a lot in 2020.

Sternberger will now be relegated to film study. I just hope we get more out of him than we ever did with former 3rd rounder Richard Rodgers, who obviously was a very different -- and less athletic -- prospect.

I wasn't expecting much from Sternberger this year anyway, but still, all the game days and practices lost will essentially mean that 2020 will be his true rookie year.

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Swisch's picture

September 04, 2019 at 11:25 am

Sternberger and Lazard are the same height. I don't know if that means anything, but perhaps Lazard can run similar routes as a tight end.
Although shorter than Graham, Lazard may be better in the red zone because of greater agility and leaping ability.
If Lazard isn't the best at route running and separation, it may not matter as much in our new offense; and Lazard's athleticism may help him to make the catch.
In my couple of glimpses of Lazard this preseason, he looked surprisingly quick. Am excited to see him in a real game.
Also wondering if Shepherd is going to be ready for tomorrow due to injury; so perhaps Lazard gets a couple of targets or more.
A new season with so much new and hopeful going on for the Packers -- I'm excited!

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Coldworld's picture

September 04, 2019 at 12:39 pm

Lazard would likely run Tonyan move routes if he ran any TE routes, but I don’t believe that is the motivation for his elevation. He was perhaps the best non returner ST player on the former 90 not named Crawford, and does a lot of what Crawford did as well. That is why he was elevated.

Ironically, he is likely to be active, as is Davis as a returner. That would make it quite likely (Shepherd is injured anyway) that Kumerow is inactive on Thursday unless they activate 6 receivers.

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dobber's picture

September 04, 2019 at 01:40 pm

Davis is also a top gunner on punt units. If you want to make sure you stick around, make yourself indispensible...

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

September 05, 2019 at 12:54 am

That's interesting, CW. Will Kumerow or Lazard be inactive? It is hard to envision 6 WRs active. I remember Kumerow getting work on STs but Lazard got the plaudits. I would bet Lazard is inactive.

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Swisch's picture

September 04, 2019 at 02:20 pm

Even if Lazard doesn't line up as a tight end, or run the exact same routes as a tight end, he may be able to effectively do the same thing as a tight end in beating linebackers in coverage for first downs or standing tall in the end zone.
The same for Vitale out of the fullback position, who while not as tall as Lazard, seems to have the muscle and agility and hands to outmaneuver defenders for the ball.
Anyway, appreciate the responses.
We'll see what MLF has been hiding up his sleeve to confound the big, bad Bears.

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Tundraboy's picture

September 04, 2019 at 12:37 pm

That was my initial reaction as well. Like that they didn't add a TE ,and being a player who brings a similar dimension, yet more proven, and someone we wanted to keep as well.

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Ustabeayooper's picture

September 04, 2019 at 03:39 pm

Sternberger would probably been a healthy inactive for the first half of the season anyway. I doubt that the Pack would have 4 TE on game day 46 man roster. Injuries will ultimately determine who gets reactivated from IR. Unless there is a rash of injuries to the TE position, he is probably done for the season. The Pack does have a healthy TE on the PS.

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Bizarro's picture

September 04, 2019 at 08:59 pm

I honestly don’t see Lazard playing a role other than ST’s unit and the last WR. The promotion protects him from being plucked, and, he’s deserving w Sheppard also out.

What I am curious about is who will fill his PS slot for 6-8 weeks? I still can’t find a thing on Markus Jones after that fine game 4 preseason performance. It’s like he disappeared.

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