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Packers send Nick Perry to injured reserve & activate Joe Kerridge

The Packers’ top pass rusher’s season is over with one game left.

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Nick Perry’s 2018 season is over prematurely.

The Green Bay Packers elected to send the sixth-year outside linebacker to injured reserve on Saturday, one day before the team’s season finale against the Detroit Lions. Perry had already been listed as out on the team’s injury report. However, five other players joined Perry with that designation along with four other players who are listed as questionable. It appears that this move is intended to free up space to ensure that the Packers can suit up 46 players on Sunday.

Perry has been dealing with a multitude of injuries this season, though he had missed just three games up to this point. He has a total of seven sacks, four fewer than the career-high eleven he put up a year ago.

Taking Perry’s place on the active roster is fullback Joe Kerridge, who was promoted from the practice squad. This will be Kerridge’s second stint on the Packers’ active roster, as he was on the 53 for a month from mid-November to mid-December. Kerridge also spent several games active for the Packers in 2016, his rookie year.

With Perry on the shelf, the Packers will turn to a young group of outside linebackers on Sunday, including Reggie Gilbert, Kyler Fackrell, and Vince Biegel, along with veteran Ahmad Brooks. Clay Matthews, the Packers’ other starter, is currently questionable for the game.