Hearns, a 6-foot-2, 265-pound pass rusher from Louisville, went undrafted this past April, eventually signing with the Dallas Cowboys in May. The Cowboys waived him to make room for Joby Saint Fleur, leaving Hearns available for any team willing to place a claim.
As the Packers’ roster already stands at 90 players, they will need to make a corresponding move in order to open up a spot for Hearns. With starting middle linebacker Jake Ryan set to miss the 2018 season after tearing an ACL last week, the team could place him on injured reserve and officially bring Hearns into the fold. Green Bay could instead decide to cut a player elsewhere, though that appears less likely.
Hearns spent five years at Louisville, amassing 101 tackles (28 for loss) and 17.5 sacks. Hearns finished his redshirt senior season tied for the team lead in sacks with seven.