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Packers activate Joe Kerridge from practice squad, release Jermaine Whitehead

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The Packers made a roster move in response to Sunday's game-opening kickoff return.

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In the aftermath of Sunday's surprising loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the Green Bay Packers have made a roster move to improve the back end of the roster. On Monday, the team announced it has activated fullback Joe Kerridge from the practice squad, releasing safety Jermaine Whitehead to open up a spot on the 53.

Kerridge, an undrafted rookie out of Michigan, joined the Packers last month as a member of the practice squad. He provides a skillset not totally dissimilar to that of starting fullback Aaron Ripkowski and could see time on offense and special teams as a result.

Still, Kerridge provides aid to an injury depleted offensive backfield, the decision to activate Kerridge appears to have more to do with the kickoff return for touchdown the team allowed to open Sunday's game. One of the main culprits in the special-teams bungle, Whitehead, did not make it to Tuesday's practice to work on his mistakes. Whitehead joined the 53-man roster on Oct. 16 and appeared in two games.

It remains unclear whether the moves in addition to or at the exclusion of Joique Bell, who the team reportedly worked out Monday with the intent to sign. Bell averaged 2 yards per carry during his brief stint with the Chicago Bears earlier this season.

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.