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Packers cut OL Vince Kowalski to open up a roster spot

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Green Bay is back down to 89 players on the active roster with the move.

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The Green Bay Packers got to a full 90-man offseason roster just last week for the first time in 2016 when the signed safety Jermaine Whitehead. Since the NFL Draft at the end of April, the team had hung around 88 players or so for a while.

Today, they dropped back down to 89, as the team announced that it had waived offensive lineman Vince Kowalski.

Kowalski, who was listed as a guard/tackle on the roster, signed with the Packers in early June last year as a rookie free agent. He ended up being released during roster cuts on August 31st, when the team dropped down from 90 players to a 75-man roster. He went unsigned through the entire 2015 season, but inked a new deal with the Packers in the spring as he spent the first portion of the offseason program with the team.

Given the Packers' depth on the offensive line for 2016, it was going to be a long shot for Kowalski to make the team this season, and it was likely even a tough task for him to land a practice squad spot. The team has seven players almost assured of a roster spot, with a handful of other players with NFL experience vying for backup positions. However, Bill Huber of Packer Report notes that Kowalski had been playing both guard and center with the second-team offensive line during Tuesday's open practice.

Now that the team has a spot open again, speculation about John Kuhn is likely to abound among a sect of the Packers fan base. However, it's more likely that this move is due to an issue regarding Kowalski rather than to make room for anyone specific at this point of the offseason.