IF a player like Starks, Porter, Crabtree is placed on the IR, how much can they participate in team activities? Can they do any practicing? Can they train at team facilities? Can they attend team meetings, etc? If they can't do anything football related, then it seems like a real detriment to a young player's development.
Could a player like Giacomini, who has been around a couple years but has really not played be put on the practice squad? Do players get much chance to progress football-wise on the practice squad?
I'm thinking mostly of Starks. He can't make the 53-man roster at this stage. A year on IR would do him also no good. Could he do something like play in Europe for a year and the Packers would still have first rights to him next year?