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Packers, Chris Banjo reach injury settlement

The Packers officially part ways with their reserve safety and special-teams ace.

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Lost in the wake of the release of Knile Davis, the Green Bay Packers made another notable roster move Monday. According to the NFL’s official transaction wire, the team reached an injury settlement with Chris Banjo, ending his Green Bay tenure.

A hamstring injury forced Banjo out of the Packers’ Week 4 tilt with the New York Giants, sidelining him for several weeks. Before he could return, injuries at other positions forced the team to place the safety on injured reserve in order to free up a roster spot. Banjo could have returned late in the season, though Green Bay figures to use their one return designation elsewhere.

Banjo made the Packers’ Week 1 roster despite heavy competition from undrafted rookies Kentrell Brice and Marwin Evans. Along with Jeff Janis and Demetri Goodson, Banjo has served as one of the team’s gunners, finishing near the top of team in special-teams tackles last season. Banjo also saw action on defense in certain sub packages and as an injury replacement.

In four seasons, Banjo amassed 38 tackles and three batted passes. He originally joined the Packers in 2013 after a brief stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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