The Green Bay Packers thought that they had some help at inside linebacker on Tuesday, but it was not meant to be. Over the weekend, the team claimed linebacker Nicholas Grigsby on waivers from the Baltimore Ravens, seemingly adding a body to a group that has been hit hard by injuries in recent weeks.
However, Grigsby’s tenure as a Packer lasted a matter of days. ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reports that Grigsby has failed his physical exam, and the Packers have sent him back to waivers. This has happened to the Packers several times in 2019, but it has not deterred general manager Brian Gutekunst from continuing to scour the waiver wire for players who may be able to help his team.
The quest for help at the position now continues, with the Packers having a roster spot open. On Tuesday, the San Francisco 49ers released veteran linebacker Malcolm Smith, who is now a free agent. Smith could be a candidate to help Green Bay, though he struggled for the 49ers since signing a substantial contract in 2017.
Final cuts are coming on Saturday, when NFL teams must reduce their rosters from 90 men to 53. The Packers could make further waiver claims on Sunday if there are any players who intrigue them at that time.