Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
Several transactions were announced this morning around the NFL that involve current or former Packers.
A few days ago, the Green Bay Packers promoted offensive lineman Greg Van Roten to the active roster to fill the empty spot vacated by Cedric Benson being placed on Injured Reserve. This morning, news broken by Packers Insider Wes Hodkiewicz indicates that the team filled the practice squad by signing defensive lineman Drew Vanderlin. He is a great local story, as he was a prep star at Green Bay Southwest High School before playing college ball at Division II Michigan Tech.
Vanderlin stands 6'3" and weighs 288 pounds. He's projected to remain at defensive end in the Packers' 3-4 defense.
Shortly after that news broke, the Packers found themselves with another vacancy on the practice squad. According to a tweet by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay (and boy, does he love Twitter), the Colts have signed defensive lineman Lawrence Guy to their active roster.
The Colts have been hurting for depth along the defensive front, with several players in their front seven suffering injuries over the first portion of the season. They undoubtedly hope that Guy can step in and be a rotational player along the defensive line. The fact that Guy comes from a 3-4 defense in the Packers was likely a contributing factor to his selection, as the Colts are in their first year in a 3-4 system.
UPDATE 10:55 AM CDT: Wes Hodkiewicz is now reporting that the Packers have also signed wide receiver Jeremy Ross to fill up the practice squad. Ross is listed at 6'0" and 215 pounds, and played collegiate football at the University of California. Ross spent most of the 2011 season on the Colts' practice squad. Ross also visited with the Packers before the 2011 draft, according to Packer Report.
In former Packers news, wide receiver Tori Gurley was signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' practice squad. After being a favorite to win a roster spot in Green Bay early on in the preseason, Gurley has bounced around to two other teams (Minnesota, Oakland) before getting this shot with Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers currently have former Packers wideout Dale Moss on their practice squad as well.