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Packers sign punter Drew Kaser after JK Scott does not travel with team to Indianapolis

The Packers have added a punter in case their third-year veteran cannot make it for Sunday’s game.

NFL: OCT 18 Packers at Buccaneers Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

In an unexpected turn of events, the Green Bay Packers have added a backup plan at punter after a personal matter has left JK Scott’s availability in question for Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. On Saturday, the Packers revealed in a press release that Scott did not travel with the team to Indianapolis due to a personal matter. The team also announced that they have added Scott to the injury report with a questionable status as a result.

In light of the potential for Scott to miss the game, the Packers signed free agent punter Drew Kaser to the 53-man roster. Kaser punted for the Los Angeles Chargers from 2016 through 2018 and spent a few days with the Packers in that 2018 season. That stint in Green Bay was also spent as insurance against Scott missing a game, though that instance was because Scott and his wife were expecting the birth of their first child.

With Scott’s availability in question for Sunday’s game, the Packers also added cornerback Kevin King to the injury report with a questionable designation. King was a full participant in practice throughout the week after missing the last five games with an injured quad; however, his status is again in doubt due to an Achilles issue, as that was the published reason for his return to the injury report on Saturday.

Finally, the Packers made one practice squad move on Saturday. The team elevated running back Mike Weber to the active roster for the weekend to ensure that they will have three healthy and active players at that position against the Colts. Tyler Ervin was ruled out on Friday and AJ Dillon remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list, while Dexter Williams is on the practice squad/injured list, leaving the Packers with just Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams available. Weber, who was signed to the practice squad just over a week ago, will presumably pitch in on special teams and serve as an emergency option in the backfield on Sunday.