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Packers release seventh-round pick OLB Kendall Donnerson per report

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The 248th overall pick could be a practice squad candidate.

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The Green Bay Packers released seventh round draft pick OLB Kendall Donnerson as they continue to trim the roster from 90 players down to 53 by this afternoon, according to Tom Silverstein.

Donnerson was the 248th pick in April’s draft out of Southeast Missouri State. Clearly as a seventh rounder he was not expected to compete for a starting job but it was hoped he would provide some depth at position that is relatively thin in the Green Bay roster.

He made a quick impression with a fumble recovery in the preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans, but didn’t show much after that. Aside from the fumble recovery, he racked up seven tackles with three coming against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Now Donnerson is the first member of the Packers’ rookie class to get released. It very much remains a possibility Green Bay will place him on their practice squad should the rookie clear waivers.

Regardless of where Donnerson lands, the Packers remain thin at edge rusher even with the emergence of Reggie Gilbert. Don’t be surprised if Green Bay scours the waiver wire after today’s cuts to add a pass rusher.

Click here to follow along with all of the team’s cuts this afternoon.