This week, with Thanksgiving Day occupying much attention around the United States, the Green Bay Packers made a few quiet roster transactions that flew under the radar. The team was active on the transaction wire on Wednesday, sending two players to injured reserve and adding a reserve defensive lineman on waivers as a replacement for one of those injured players.
First, the Packers have assigned defensive tackle Montravius Adams and linebacker James Burgess to injured reserve. Adams has been dealing with a toe injury that has limited his availability over the last several games, and the team has decided to shut him down for the season. This is the final year on Adams’ rookie contract, and he will likely need to try to catch on somewhere on a league minimum salary in 2021.
Burgess was a midseason addition for Green Bay, as the team signed him to the active roster from the Atlanta Falcons’ practice squad. He played exclusively on special teams throughout his Green Bay tenure but is headed to IR with a hamstring injury.
To help fill the void caused by Adams’ deactivation, the Packers claimed a defensive lineman on waivers on Wednesday. Anthony Rush is now headed to Green Bay after spending a few weeks on the Chicago Bears’ active roster. The second-year pro played nine games for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2019 and four games for the Seattle Seahawks earlier this season before being released and landing with the Bears’ practice squad.
Rush is a massive human at 6-foot-5 and 350 pounds, and will presumably slot in as a deep reserve at nose tackle when the Packers align in a base defense. He is currently on the commissioner’s exempt list while awaiting clearance through the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols, and presumably will not play on Sunday against his old team.