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Packers promote Tra Carson off practice squad to replace Ty Montgomery

Green Bay still has one open roster spot after Tuesday’s trades and could be activating Trevor Davis or Jake Kumerow off IR to fill the void.

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Tra Carson will get the first crack on handling the RB3 duties after the Ty Montgomery trade.
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Tuesday’s trades created an enormous roster hole at free safety for the Packers, while also created two open spots on the 53-man roster. While Mike McCarthy was evasive on who would step into HaHa Clinton-Dix’s role at safety, the Packers promoted Tra Carson off the practice squad to fill the No. 3 running back job vacating by Ty Montgomery’s trade to the Baltimore Ravens.

Carson, a second-year pro, played just five offensive snaps in two games for the Bengals this season after spending his entire rookie year on the practice squad. Cincinnati waived him with a hamstring injury after Week 2. The Packers signed him to their practice squad Oct. 9.

At 5’11’’ 228, the bruising Carson went undrafted out of Texas A&M in 2016. Despite limited speed (4.64 40) Carson provides solid blocking and has soft hands, which could be useful in spot third-down situations. If he’s going to be active on game day, expect to see him on special teams where he played 38 snaps for the Bengals.

Green Bay signed 2018 UDFA Lavon Coleman to the practice squad to fill Carson’s spot. Coleman most recently spent time on the Seahawks practice squad after starting his NFL career on the Texans.

These moves still leave the Packers with an open spot on the 53-man roster.