With wide receiver Geronimo Allison returning from suspension this week, the Green Bay Packers had to make a roster move to open up a spot. They have decided to release defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois accommodate Allison, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The Packers signed Jean Francois back in March to shore up their defensive line. He worked with the starters and No. 2 defense during training camp and the preseason, suggesting that the team planned to use him extensively during the regular season, as did the $250,000 signing bonus included in his contract.
However, the Packers added former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Quinton Dial just before Week 1. The move appears to have pushed Jean Francois out of the rotation, and with Allison returning from suspension and in need of a roster spot, the team elected to make their cut there.
The release of Jean Francois leaves the Packers with five full-time defensive linemen on the roster. That figure includes third-round rookie Montravius Adams, who has yet to suit up in an exhibition or regular-season game with a foot injury.