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Packers promote CB Tony Brown to active roster, place Wilkerson on IR

Wilkerson’s roster spot is claimed by an intriguing young cornerback with an elite athletic profile.

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On Saturday, the Green Bay Packers have officially placed defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson on IR, ending his season. In a corresponding move, the vacated roster spot will be filled by cornerback Tony Brown, who was elevated from the practice squad today.

Brown, an undrafted rookie, spent the summer with the Los Angeles Chargers before being waived and signed to the Packers practice squad earlier this month. The 6-foot, 198-pound defensive back is an elite athlete, as evidenced by his collegiate track and field success. Coming out of Alabama, Brown projected as a nickel or hybrid corner who could be utilized in run support, with the added bonus of special teams experience. He’s a willing tackler with 4.35 speed, making him an intriguing prospect for defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.

Filling Brown’s spot on the practice squad will be defensive lineman Deon Simon, a journeyman nose tackle who has spent time with the New York Jets and Tennessee Titans.