Simpkins Elevated to 53; Williams Signed To Practice Squad

Safety Morgan Burnett was placed on injured reserve, linebacker Maurice Simpkins was signed to the 53-man roster and linebacker Johnny Williams was added to the practice squad.

The Packers announced several roster moves on Thursday.

Practice squad player and first-year linebacker Maurice Simpkins, a former Indoor Football League player with the Green Bay Blizzard, has been elevated to the 53-man roster.

Simpkins replaces rookie safety Morgan Burnett who was placed on season-ending injured reserve. Burnett was injured during the Week 4 win against the Detroit Lions.

Replacing Simpkins on the practice squad is another linebacker, Johnny Williams, a first-year player out of the University of Kentucky.

Williams was most recently with the Denver Broncos during the preseason this year. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent originally signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He spent some time on the practice squad of the Pittsburgh Steelers late in 2009.

The newest practice squad addition will wear no. 48.

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FITZCORE1252's picture

October 07, 2010 at 12:45 pm

"a former Indoor Football League player with the Green Bay Blizzard, has been elevated to the 53-man roster."

Pin whatever rose you can on that... still smells bad.

THIS IS THE MOMENT where #12 takes the team and places it directly on his shoulders...

38-35
34-27
38-35

Those are probably your scores the next 3 weeks if we win. Aaron, your STATEMENT/CERTIFICATION/LEGITIMACY is now. Are you just a Fantasy QB like Cowherd claims? No "statement" games under your belt? I think not. Prove it. NOW.

GBP 4 LIFE

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Cole's picture

October 07, 2010 at 01:09 pm

I disagree with the scores. Miami, Viks, and Washington haven't proved they can score. I think only Washington had one high scoring game with the Texans.

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briank029's picture

October 07, 2010 at 04:21 pm

um... minnesota can score. they have AP, favre, and now moss. how can you say that. they have just underachieved so far. kinda like the packers offense

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FITZCORE1252's picture

October 09, 2010 at 09:12 pm

The scores illustrate that I feel we will be in close games and our O will have to carry us for awhile. Durrr

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CSS's picture

October 07, 2010 at 12:50 pm

I'm guessing they intend on primarily using him in Bishop's former Special Teams role since Bishop will be taking so many snaps on defense. How did Simpkins look on ST during pre-season? Sound?

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PackerAaron's picture

October 07, 2010 at 02:01 pm

Very good. Flew around well but stayed in control.

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Cole's picture

October 07, 2010 at 01:09 pm

What happened to Robert Francois? Is he on the practice squad?

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hyperRevue's picture

October 07, 2010 at 01:52 pm

Yeah, he is.

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hyperRevue's picture

October 07, 2010 at 01:51 pm

So...uh...just saw Brett Favre's dick...yeah...

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PackersThad's picture

October 07, 2010 at 01:55 pm

whatttt???

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hyperRevue's picture

October 07, 2010 at 01:56 pm

NSFW: http://deadspin.com/5658206/

The link is safe, the images come at the end of a video.

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PkrNboro's picture

October 07, 2010 at 05:29 pm

Is that a tattoo?

"Stick it"...
...(and by way of cialis) "to Ted Thompson" ???

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CSS's picture

October 07, 2010 at 01:59 pm

LMFAO! I can't imagine what must have been going through your head if you weren't aware that story was pending.

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hyperRevue's picture

October 07, 2010 at 02:02 pm

Me or PackersThad?

I was well aware it was on its way. Like Christmas morning...well, sorta.

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CSS's picture

October 07, 2010 at 02:04 pm

No, I was talking about PackersThad. If I weren't aware of the pending story release I couldn't imagine looking at the CheeseheadTV comments section to find a poster saying he, 'just saw Brett Favres dick'.

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hyperRevue's picture

October 07, 2010 at 02:09 pm

You know, if sending Longwell and Jared Allen down to Mississippi didn't work, I hear that texting Favre cock shots was Childress' next move.

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PackersThad's picture

October 07, 2010 at 06:07 pm

Chris, THAT is exactly what happened! I had no idea that this was to be released...and then BAM! that comment...and I'm just trying to think "what? how? why?" But it all makes sense now...I don't know if I can bear to click on the link though! lol

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Chris Davis's picture

October 07, 2010 at 04:44 pm

Go get San Diego's Linebacker that they do no want. Shawn Merriman could be the next Charles Woodson.

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Nononsense's picture

October 07, 2010 at 05:01 pm

Simpkins is a guy I had my eye on throughout training camp and the preseason. Hes a player, I thought he played well on STs coverage and defense when he got the chance.

Im excited to see what he can do now that he maybe knows the defense a little better and doesn't have think as much.

If Hawk or Bishop struggles I wouldn't hesitate to play this guy. Who knows maybe Capers will find a package for him to play in regardless.

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PkrNboro's picture

October 07, 2010 at 05:19 pm

Speaking of linebackers, please let me comment on Hawk (again).

Let's get in the way-back machine, and go to the Chicago game -- the play where Hester scores. Hawk is simply wiped out. He's jogging downfield, greasy/stringy hair flowing -- not paying any attention. And he gets WAYLAID. Clock cleaned. Knocked-on-his-ass. No wonder we had a "gap control" problem there (but yes! there were more).

Also of note, the new wunderkind TE (Quarless) gets *wrist* blocked, and moved totally out of the play (where he was close enough to fall down and have that look like an attempted tackle). I had to look at that several times and it appeared to be only an arm-bar, not much more than a finger wag, and he's
OUT
OF
THE
PLAY.

No big surprise that playing 9 on 11 -- with one being Hester -- that they scored.

Quarless may have to go on IR -- to get his bunched-panties removed.

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Wiscokid's picture

October 07, 2010 at 09:15 pm

And now Tauscher is hurt.

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