Packers Release LB Micah Johnson

USA TODAY Sports

The team is trimming some fat off the roster to make way for some fresh faces.

Wes Hodkiewicz is one of the hardest-working Packers reporters out there, and he broke a story this morning that will apparently affect the way the Packers schedule the few remaining spots that are available on the roster. It appears that the team is getting rid of a young linebacker who has yet to make an impact with the team:

We broke down Johnson briefly in our linebacker preview last week, noting that he was one of the bigger outside linebackers on the team and that he would have a battle on his hands with a few rookies in order to earn a roster spot or even a place on the practice squad. It appears that he is not in the team's plans moving forward.

Johnson was signed to the practice squad very late in the 2012 season and only participated for a few weeks before the end of the season. Despite participating in this weekend's rookie minicamp, it appears that the team has moved on. Unless they sign another tryout player at the position, they will make their way into OTAs with just five true outside linebackers: Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, Dezman Moses, Nate Palmer, and Andy Mulumba.

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