On Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field, the Green Bay Packers saw a field goal go awry late. Had Mason Crosby connected in the fourth quarter, it would have put the Packers up by ten points near the end of the game and would have officially put them out of reach of a Bears comeback.
Instead, a slightly questionable snap by Derek hart led to a bad hold by punter Justin Vogel, and Crosby’s kick went wildly off to the right, wide of the uprights.
Expect those issues to go away this week, because Brett Goode appears to be coming back to the rescue. According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, Goode is back in Green Bay and is expected to sign with the team to replace Hart as the long-snapper.
Goode was placed on injured reserve in September, but was waived with an injury settlement a day later. That gave the Packers the ability to re-sign him at a later date without using up one of the team’s “designated for return” slots from IR.
If Goode does sign, as expected, this would be the second time he has replaced Hart this year. Hart spent all offseason with the team before Goode signed in training camp and eventually won the job. Following Goode’s initial injury, Taybor Pepper signed as the long-snapper but went on injured reserve himself with a broken foot, necessitating Hart’s return.
UPDATE: The Packers made the move official on Tuesday afternoon, announcing Goode’s signing and the release of Derek Hart in a press release.