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Andrew Quarless appears headed for IR, per report

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One way or another, Packers tight end Andrew Quarless' season has ended.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

When the Green Bay Packers take the field this Saturday against the Arizona Cardinals, don't expect to see Andrew Quarless among them. Thursday night, the tight end announced on his Instagram account that his season has "come to an end not by choice."

Quarless spent most of the 2015 season on short-term injured reserve while recovering form a knee injury. Green Bay activated him for its first game in Arizona back on Dec. 27, but he has played only sparingly since returning.

With Davante Adams' knee injury believed to keep him sidelined this weekend, it seems likely the Packers decided to add another wideout. If so, the team would need to open up a spot on the 53, thus necessitating Quarless' apparent roster move. While the exact nature of Quarless' status change remains unclear, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Tom Silverstein reports that Green Bay has not released him nor has the NFL suspended him. Accordingly, Quarless will most likely end up on season-ending injured reserve.

Assuming the Packers intend on signing a receiver to replace Quarless, they have two options on their practice squad. Ed Williams, a rookie out of Fort Hays State, spent all of 2015 with the team and appears the most likely candidate for promotion. Green Bay could instead choose Jamel Johnson, a physically imposing wideout from Alabama State signed back in Week 14.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an NFL writer for SB Nation and Sports on Earth and is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.