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Packers release Michael Roberts after failed physical, per report

For the second time in less than a week, Roberts failed his medical exam and is on the move.

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File this one in the “what did they expect?” folder. Two days after the Green Bay Packers claimed tight end Michael Roberts on waivers from the Detroit Lions, he is back on the waiver wire.

According to Field Yates of ESPN, Roberts failed his physical upon arriving in Green Bay, leading to his release. The situation should come as little surprise to anyone who has been following Roberts’ movements over the past week, however. The Lions originally had a deal in place to trade Roberts to the New England Patriots, but he failed his physical in Foxboro, voiding the trade. Now the same has happened to him in Green Bay and he’s back on the waiver wire.

Given two failed exams in less than a week, Roberts will likely go unclaimed this time and will end up as a free agent. He would likely have to rehab on his own and try to earn a roster spot around the time that NFL teams start up training camps in late July.

The Packers still have six tight ends on their 90-man roster. Veterans Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis look to be the top options for the fall, while third-round pick Jace Sternberger is assured of a roster spot. Second-year pro Robert Tonyan will battle Evan Baylis and recent acquisition Pharoah McKever for a potential fourth spot on the roster throughout camp. This writer believed that Roberts might have been in consideration for a blocking role as TE4 if he could have beat out Tonyan and company in camp, but that is no longer a concern.

The Packers now return to having 89 players on their 90-man roster. The team will report for training camp on July 24th.