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Packers adjust to injuries by promoting RB Tra Carson to active roster

The Packers may end up keeping three tailbacks active for gameday in week 5.

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With so many injuries on the roster at present, the Green Bay Packers made a roster transaction on Saturday to get ready for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.

This move comes specifically as a result of running back Jamaal Williams’ absence. The team ruled Williams out on the Friday injury report with a concussion, confirming what was widely expected throughout the week after he left the field on a stretcher early in last Thursday’s game.

To help bolster the short-handed running back group, the Packers have promoted Tra Carson from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, waiving defensive lineman Fadol Brown in the process.

Carson has been with the Packers since midway through last season, when the team signed him to the practice squad. He then earned a call-up to the active roster for the final two months of the season and spent the entire 2019 offseason with the team. He missed out on final cuts as the Packers kept rookie 6th-round pick Dexter Williams instead, but came back on the practice squad and now will serve as valuable insurance in the backfield this week if active on the gameday 46-man roster.

Meanwhile, Brown barely saw the field this season after being somewhat of a surprise keep on the final roster. He has played 39 snaps overall in four games, 18 on defense and 21 on special teams. With Montravius Adams headed back from injury (he was questionable on Friday’s report) and rookie Kingsley Keke earning more snaps, Brown was not likely to see his playing time expand.

One area where the team did not make a move was in the secondary, despite the team being without two key cornerbacks. Kevin King was upgraded from doubtful to questionable on Saturday, though Tony Brown was ruled out on Friday. However, with the team carrying a total of eight cornerbacks on the roster and rookie Ka’Dar Hollman fully recovered from an injury of his own, the team apparently feels comfortable with the group for this week.

Even if King cannot play, expect to see a lot of Tramon Williams and Josh Jackson in this game, while Jaire Alexander will likely shadow Amari Cooper throughout the day.

The Packers and Cowboys kick off on FOX at 3:25 PM Central.