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Packers place Byron Bell on IR, sign Nico Siragusa off Ravens’ practice squad

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Packers place Byron Bell on IR, sign Nico Siragusa off Ravens’ practice squad

The Packers announced this morning that they have placed right guard Byron Bell on injured reserve. 

Bell suffered a knee injury two weeks ago during the Cardinals game.

To take his place, the Packers signed Nico Siragusa, a fourth-round pick of the Ravens in 2017 and a former All-American at San Diego State.

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jeepingmakooi's picture

Shows gute watches for all those high grade athletes and intelligent players. Most intelligent o lineman in this past draft class

jeepingmakooi's picture

Not sure how you can dislike this post or signing? A smart athletic guy in a position that we are in obvious need of help. Way to go packer fans... You mad it's not some big name edge rusher or something a few weeks before playoffs? Get real here guys

dobber's picture

It's a low-risk signing with the potential for meaningful reward at a position of relative weakness. I don't know why anyone would dislike it, either.

The TKstinator's picture

I think 1 or 2 is the new zero when it comes down to it.

LambeauPlain's picture

Could be an upgrade at G for next season. Can't be any worse than Bell or McCray.

Pack has had great success with former 4th round draft picks...Bahkt, Sitton, Lang, Tretter, and Linsley a 5th.

dobber's picture

Can he play more than one position? If he can't win a starting gig, that will be his ticket to the roster as a backup.

Ferrari Driver's picture

Wonderlic Score of 31, point or so below Aaron Rodgers score.

Tundraboy's picture

The son?

HankScorpio's picture

No relation to Tony.

Skip greenBayless's picture


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flackcatcher's picture

Depending on who is healthy there could be only one O lineman on the roster who knows the system for the Bears game. Wonderful. (UGH)

Lare's picture

The Packers just need healthy OL bodies right now to get through the season. Give them the offseason to upgrade the talent & coaching and next year's OL could be dominant.

Jersey Al's picture

From the CHTV Draft Guide - Siragusa was the 8th ranked interior lineman:

8. Nico Siragusa
School: San Diego State
Year: Sr
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 319 lbs.
Arms: 33 ½”
40-Yard Dash: 5.35
10-Yard Split: 1.83

In a nutshell: With a thick frame and wide body, Siragusa looks the part of an old-school NFL guard. But despite his imposing frame, he’s surprisingly light on his feet. The former Aztec Warrior does a good job getting to the second level, moves well laterally, and has vice grips for hands in both run and pass sets. His biggest weakness lies in getting off the ball, and he occasionally struggles to recover from being beaten by a defender. Perhaps lacking trust in his body, he sometimes lunges at defenders.

Fit with the Packers: The Packers tend to favor blockers that are good with their hands, and Siragusa fits that mold. Within Green Bay’s zone blocking scheme, he’d be a big-bodied guard who could get to the second level with ease, thanks to his light footwork.

Skip greenBayless's picture

This could turn out to be one of the great signings when looking back similar to Frank Winters, another big NY Italian who not only protected Favre on the field but also was his personal body guard off the field. We need more Italian offensive linemen. Lombardi would be proud of this signing. I have a good feeling about this one.

Jersey Al's picture

Va bene.

Tundraboy's picture

Buona fortuna. Speriamo.

The TKstinator's picture

Chicken Marsala.

Jonathan Spader's picture

I think the most underrated steal by Gute in 2018 was swapping Pipkins for Morrison.

Lphill's picture

Winters was from Hoboken NJ but close enough, Joe Andruzzi lived around the corner from me he was with the Pack a few years then went on to win with the Patriots. Big italian connections here in NY, my sons high school team at Monsignor Farrell was about a 90 percent Italian roster and always played against who else but St .Anthony's for the title, fuggettaboutit!

Jersey Al's picture

Actually, WInters is from Union City NJ (next town over from where I grew up) and went to Emerson High School, one of my High School's rivals. He was born at a hospital in Hoboken, so you are partially correct, there.

LeotisHarris's picture

Christ! If a guy with vice grips for hands lunged at me, I'd get the hell out of the way. And who among us doesn't struggle after being beaten? At least he's not a knee-bender with short arms.

Does anyone have a feel for his pad level?

The TKstinator's picture

I thought being a knee bender was a pawsitive.

dobber's picture

He reads a lot like Lane Taylor when he came out a few years ago.

The TKstinator's picture

Like JRR Tolkein?


dobber's picture

Stan Lee.

Swisch's picture

All of our upheaval on the offensive line could be turned into a positive if it means more imagination and mixture on offense. Let's hope for a diverse array of short passes and various runs, such as jet sweeps and screens. Let's hope for various formations with lots of motions and misdirections. Let's hope for some strategic alignments for our receivers such as triangles and diamonds to help them get open. Even if many of these things are unsuccessful, let's hope the Bears are bewildered enough that plenty of them work.
Finally, this would be a good game for Rodgers to maybe have some throwaways in the right way. If guys aren't open right away, it's okay to get rid of the ball out of bounds. Those extended scrambling plays can be great at times, but should be used selectively, rarely. Avoid sacks, and get 'em on the next play!

Johnblood27's picture

you left out mouth breather

nostradanus's picture

Super Bowl!

albert999's picture

Packers need to all play their game of the year!

Denise Chanterelle's picture

Seems like a solid pick-up. Time will tell. So let’s take it to da Bears on Sunday and clean their clock. Our D should also be aware of those passes to the OL that our arch-enemy has grown fond of once again too. Cheers.

sonomaca's picture

Wait, what happened to Adam Pankey? Never plays.

Lare's picture

I give guys like Pankey, Light, Patrick, Murphy, Taylor, Spriggs and McCray a little leeway considering they've only been coached by Campen, another one of McCarthy's cronies (like Capers, Slocum, Moss & Zook).

Although they haven't played very well, I think we should give them an opportunity under a new coaching staff before we pass final judgment on them.

flackcatcher's picture

One of the more insane aspects of this season was Pankey, Patrick, Murphy, Spriggs and McCray all had serious injuries that with the exception of McCray all started the season on the PUP list. And McCray should have been on IR at the beginning of the season. Depending on who they have healthy enough to go, the Packers could have only one OL lineman in reserve who knows the system. McCray and Spriggs? on Sunday starting. God help Rodgers.

Matt Gonzales's picture

Remind me - was it the Bears game last year when the Packers had to start 4-5 guards for the OL?

flackcatcher's picture

Yeah, I think so. Murphy was IR after Atlanta, Spriggs IR a couple weeks later. Doing this from memory. McCray at RT, Patrick at LG, Taylor at LG shifted to replace Spriggs at LT Bahk didn't return till Pitt. Guys who they sign off the street was starting a week later, Packers has something like 12 OL active by the last 6 games of last season. Last years team lost most of their starters and core players from both their secondary and OL units. Teams do not recover from that over the course of a year. It takes a couple of drafts and good luck in free agency to do that.

LeotisHarris's picture

I think Ol' 77 is now on the active roster. He should be helping his teammates up from the ground soon.

dobber's picture

He played one snap against the Falcons last week.

lenpond's picture

Da Bears still Suck.

tincada's picture

What? We have to go shopping in someone else's scrap heap? What happened to all those great draft picks Gute.....errr Terrible Ted made this year filling our own scrap pile.

Face it, next year is another rebuild and another year they're not going to the the NFC championship. AR will be on the verge of retirement before this team need even think about a SB appearance. The lights are out, the party is over.

D Ernie's picture

you hit the nail.

tincada's picture

Oh yeah, could someone please remove that stupid McCarthy quote.

CheesyTex's picture

It's nice to see a road-grader type in the OLine mix. He should have a future -- either in short yardage situations or (hopefully) developing his pass protection skills.

D Ernie's picture

Looks like the off season will be 'clean up in aisle five' for O line. Heck if they could get two good draft picks and some free agents with life left in them, we could back fill with some of our current people.
Vikes and Bears pass rush will demand a huge upgrade for next year.

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