In a day already filled with difficult decisions for front office personnel, the Green Bay Packers’ brass will face a murky situation in light of Quinten Rollins’ reported hamstring injury.
The team’s former second-round pick had put himself in position for one of the final spots on the 53-man roster due in part to his potential versatility. Green Bay’s safety depth is cloudy and Rollins, who has almost exclusively played cornerback throughout his short Packers’ career, had shown potential versatility to find a role in that area this season. Despite a rocky, to say the least, experience as a punt returner in preseason action, Rollins was beginning to carve out a niche to make the final roster in the secondary as a filler of several positions when needed.
However, a reported hamstring injury that Rollins suffered in Thursday night’s game creates a cloudier situation for Rollins and the Packers, as reports suggest that the former may be unable to play in week one at least. Green Bay could place the fourth-year pro on Injured Reserve with the opportunity to designate him as one of two players able to return six weeks from the date of injury. However, he must count as one of the players on the initial 53-man roster in order for the Packers to make that choice. Whether Rollins has proven enough as a swing-man defensive back to warrant being in that discussion is debatable.
Of course, this could also work against Rollins and end his tenure in Green Bay, one that was marred by injuries and inconsistent play. The Packers could reach an injury settlement with Rollins and open a spot for players like Raven Greene and Marwin Evans at safety or even Herb Waters and Demetri Goodson at cornerback. Josh Hawkins has already reportedly released from the team.
As Rollins awaits his fate in Green Bay, the day of final cuts marches on. Stay tuned to APC for more news on the final roster trimming.