The roster move that everyone expected has taken place, with a certain little wrinkle. On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers announced that they had moved offensive lineman Don Barclay to injured reserve. By waiting until Sunday to do so, the Packers preserve his eligibility to return to the active roster at some point in 2017.
Barclay is the only veteran backup lineman with more than one year of NFL experience on the roster. He was expected to backup all three interior line spots, but he suffered an ankle injury early in the preseason. Because the injury took place after camp began, he was not eligible for the Physically Unable to Perform list. If he is designated for return, he can begin practicing after six weeks and could be activated after week eight of the season.
The matching transaction is indeed the signing of outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks. The two parties reportedly agreed to contract terms on Wednesday, but by waiting until after final cuts to officially sign a contract, the team maintained valuable flexibility to get Barclay on IR with the ability to return.
The surprise in this transaction is that it is Barclay going on injured reserve instead of rookie defensive lineman Montravius Adams. Adams is recovering from foot surgery, but may be ready to play prior to week eight.
For the time being, the Packers will move forward with Lucas Patrick and Justin McCray as the backup interior linemen behind starters Lane Taylor, Corey Linsley, and Jahri Evans.