On Monday afternoon, the Green Bay Packers made a reported roster move official by adding quarterback Joe Callahan to the active roster from the practice squad. Of course, in order to do so the team needed to free up a spot on the 53.
They have done so by placing cornerback Quinten Rollins on injured reserve.
The extent of Rollins’ injury is not yet known, but he appeared to suffer a non-contact injury near the goal line in the second quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings. He hobbled off the field and was later taken to the locker room on a cart. Based on the circumstances of the injury and the quickness with which the team placed him on IR, it is possible that this may be a serious knee injury involving one or more torn ligaments, although that is speculation and has not yet been confirmed.
The Packers’ second-round draft pick in 2015, Rollins has been in the midst of a second straight disappointing season. As a rookie Rollins showed flashes that he could become a capable slot corner, as he played in 14 games with four starts and intercepted a pair of passes. When healthy in his second season, he was called upon frequently both in the slot and on the boundary, but struggled through a groin injury that limited him much of the year.
Healthy to start 2017, Rollins opened training camp as one of the team’s starting corners, coming off a strong set of offseason practices. However, he was quickly supplanted by other players and after playing as the team’s primary slot corner through a few games, saw those job duties go to safety Morgan Burnett instead. However, Rollins was pressed into duty in the slot once again in week five against the Cowboys due to Burnett’s injury.
The Packers now have just three cornerbacks who appear to be healthy: Damarious Randall, Josh Hawkins, and Lenzy Pipkins. Both Davon House and rookie Kevin King missed the week six game in Minnesota with injuries and remain uncertain for the team’s next game against the New Orleans Saints.