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The Packers Don't Release Anyone To Drop Down to 75 Players

August 31 was the date by which the Green Bay Packers had to trim their roster down to 75 players. I expected they would send a couple veterans packing (why exactly are OL Allen Barbre and CB Jarrett Bush still around?) but they only released one player: undrafted WR Shawn Gore. And they did that last week.

Instead they moved their three players (CB Al Harris, SS Atari Bigby, and RB James Starks), who haven't practiced all training camp, from the active-PUP list, to the reserve-PUP list. They did the same thing with DE Justin Harrell in 2008 (for all the good it did them). All three players cannot practice for six weeks though I think they can attend meetings, workout, and continue their rehab. Then the Packers have three weeks to decide whether they are healthy enough to return, or have to be placed on the I.R. 

They also placed RB Quinn Porter on I.R. which ended his 2010 season. He might have helped them this season, but he was knocked out of two preseason games and I didn't get a good look at him. I don't think he's any better than RB Kregg Lumpkin, but Lumpkin's no better at staying healthy either. I wouldn't be surprised to see them make a move during the final cuts to add another running back.