Packers Waive Offensive Lineman Greg Van Roten

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In a surprising move, the Packers let go a young offensive lineman on Tuesday.

This is a bit of a surprise.

Shortly before the opening of Training Camp in 2012, the Green Bay Packers signed a little-known offensive lineman, Greg Van Roten, who had passed through the 2012 draft and was looking for an NFL job. Van Roten eventually would go on to make the Packers' practice squad to start that season, and was promoted to the active roster a few weeks later.

The former college tackle suited up for ten games at guard and on special teams as a Green Bay Packer over the past two seasons (two in 2012 and three in 2013), and he served as depth at the center position as well. That was before he was placed on Injured Reserve in October.

Unfortunately for Van Roten, the Packers waived him today, according to the NFL's transaction information.

This leaves the Packers with six offensive linemen at the center and guard positions: starters Josh Sitton, Evan Dietrich-Smith, and T.J. Lang, along with backups Lane Taylor, JC Tretter, and Andrew Tiller.

It seems unlikely that Van Roten will be claimed on waivers by another team, and he should become a free agent as of 3:00 PM Central Time tomorrow.

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