The Green Bay Packers will be down another man on the offensive line next Sunday when they travel to the Meadowlands to play the New York Jets. On Monday, the NFL announced that reserve lineman Alex Light has been suspended for one game as a result of a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.
Light has been on the Packers’ 53-man roster all season, but he has only been active on gameday once, when the team lost to the Arizona Cardinals two weeks ago. He played just three snaps in that game, two at guard and one at left tackle. He will immediately be placed on the Packers’ reserve/suspended list for the next week.
A rookie from the University of Richmond, Light was signed as an undrafted free agent following the 2018 NFL Draft. As suggested above, he can play both tackle and guard, but he has been the team’s last option on the line throughout the 2018 season. He would have been the first man in at tackle this week had either David Bakhtiari or Jason Spriggs had to leave the game.
With Bryan Bulaga likely out again this week, Spriggs should start at right tackle once again. However, the team may not need to call up another lineman to take his spot, as Adam Pankey — who was brought up from the practice squad recently — can provide similar versatility to Light.
It appears that running back Kapri Bibbs will fill Light’s spot on the roster, as the team claimed him off waivers from Washington on Monday. Adding a running back became a strong likelihood after Aaron Jones suffered a sprained MCL in Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bears, which will likely end his season.
Bibbs has played in 26 NFL games since entering the NFL in 2014 as an undrafted free agent with the Denver Broncos, spending three years in that organization before landing with Washington in 2017. He has recorded 20 carries for 101 yards and three touchdowns in ten games this season, along with 13 receptions for 102 yards and another score.
Though not an amazing athlete, Bibbs was massively productive in one year at Colorado State University in 2013. That year, he ran for 1,741 yards and a whopping 31 touchdowns as the Rams went 8-6.