When it rains, it pours.
Earlier today, we learned that starting cornerback Damarious Randall had groin surgery and will be out a few weeks. That likely will leave the Packers without their top three cornerbacks this week, since Sam Shields is on injured reserve and Quinten Rollins is also working through a groin injury.
Now there is more bad news out of the secondary. NFL.com’s Mike Garafolo is reporting that the Packers are planning to put safety and special teams ace Chris Banjo on Injured Reserve as a result of his hamstring injury. Here’s the rub with Banjo: Garafolo reports that the fourth-year player would likely be healthy enough to return to the field in about a month, but that the injuries to the corners are necessitating a roster move.
Banjo has been a stalwart for the Packers on special teams since his arrival in Green Bay just before training camp in 2013. He made the opening-week roster that year and played in all 16 regular-season games, starting one. He then spent much of the 2014 season on the practice squad before being promoted back to the active roster late in the year and remaining there ever since.
If Banjo does indeed go on IR, the Packers would be likely to sign a cornerback to the roster given the injuries at the position. However, the only cornerback on the practice squad at present is Herb Waters, who played wide receiver in training camp before being converted to corner early on this season.
(Seriously. He’s actually listed as a cornerback on the Packers’ roster. Take a look if you don’t believe me or the screenshot below.)
One other potentially intriguing candidate from another team’s practice squad might have been Robertson Daniel, who was in training camp with the Packers. However, Daniel was promoted from the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad to their active roster on Saturday and made his season debut yesterday.
As far as free agents, there are a number of notable veterans available:
Notable FA Cornerbacks: Antonio Cromartie, Brandon Browner, Charles Tillman, Cortland Finnegan, Brandon Harris, Dee Milliner, Alan Ball...— Luke Rodgers (@thelukerodgers) October 24, 2016
That’s not exactly an inspiring list, so stay tuned to find out who takes Banjo’s roster spot.