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

December 12, 2018 at 10:57 am

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

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jeepingmakooi's picture

December 13, 2018 at 08:34 am

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

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dobber's picture

December 13, 2018 at 08:41 am

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.

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The TKstinator's picture

December 13, 2018 at 10:46 pm

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

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LambeauPlain's picture

December 12, 2018 at 11:18 am

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.

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dobber's picture

December 13, 2018 at 08:39 am

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.

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Ferrari Driver's picture

December 12, 2018 at 11:25 am

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

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Tundraboy's picture

December 12, 2018 at 11:25 am

The son?

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HankScorpio's picture

December 12, 2018 at 11:30 am

No relation to Tony.

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Skip greenBayless's picture

December 12, 2018 at 12:51 pm

Soprano?

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dobber's picture

December 13, 2018 at 09:21 am

Orlando.

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flackcatcher's picture

December 12, 2018 at 11:27 am

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)

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Lare's picture

December 12, 2018 at 03:38 pm

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.

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JerseyAl's picture

December 12, 2018 at 12:02 pm

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.

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Skip greenBayless's picture

December 12, 2018 at 01:02 pm

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.

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JerseyAl's picture

December 12, 2018 at 01:12 pm

Va bene.

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Tundraboy's picture

December 12, 2018 at 02:38 pm

Buona fortuna. Speriamo.

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The TKstinator's picture

December 12, 2018 at 07:36 pm

Chicken Marsala.

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Jonathan Spader's picture

December 12, 2018 at 10:10 pm

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

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Lphill's picture

December 13, 2018 at 10:28 am

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!

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JerseyAl's picture

December 13, 2018 at 10:37 am

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.

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LeotisHarris's picture

December 12, 2018 at 08:45 pm

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?

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The TKstinator's picture

December 12, 2018 at 08:56 pm

I thought being a knee bender was a pawsitive.

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dobber's picture

December 13, 2018 at 09:26 am

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

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The TKstinator's picture

December 13, 2018 at 10:48 pm

Like JRR Tolkein?
Hemingway?
Grisham?

Seuss?

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dobber's picture

December 14, 2018 at 08:44 am

Stan Lee.

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Swisch's picture

December 12, 2018 at 12:09 pm

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!

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Johnblood27's picture

December 13, 2018 at 09:20 am

you left out mouth breather

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nostradanus's picture

December 12, 2018 at 01:15 pm

Super Bowl!

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albert999's picture

December 12, 2018 at 03:11 pm

Packers need to all play their game of the year!

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Denise Chanterelle's picture

December 12, 2018 at 03:25 pm

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.

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sonomaca's picture

December 12, 2018 at 04:39 pm

Wait, what happened to Adam Pankey? Never plays.

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Lare's picture

December 12, 2018 at 05:55 pm

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.

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flackcatcher's picture

December 12, 2018 at 09:01 pm

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.

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Matt Gonzales's picture

December 12, 2018 at 09:36 pm

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

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flackcatcher's picture

December 13, 2018 at 10:05 am

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.

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LeotisHarris's picture

December 12, 2018 at 08:49 pm

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

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dobber's picture

December 13, 2018 at 09:27 am

He played one snap against the Falcons last week.

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lenpond's picture

December 12, 2018 at 04:42 pm

Da Bears still Suck.

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tincada's picture

December 14, 2018 at 08:31 am

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.

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tincada's picture

December 14, 2018 at 08:33 am

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

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CheesyTex's picture

December 14, 2018 at 10:51 am

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.

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