The Green Bay Packers are going to re-sign running back James Robinson back to their practice squad, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. Robinson was previously on Green Bay’s practice squad from October 17th to November 6th, when they added current practice squad back Ellis Merriweather to the mix.
This is significant for a few reasons. First of all, running backs Aaron Jones (knee) and Emmanuel Wilson (shoulder) both were carted to the locker room in Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Second of all, the team is going to play the Detroit Lions on Thursday, a game in which they might only have one healthy running back on their 53-man roster.
It’s easy to envision a scenario where Robinson is the number two back behind AJ Dillon against the Lions on Thanksgiving, as Robinson has been a 1,000-yard rusher in the NFL before and has significantly more experience than Merriweather — who hasn’t played a regular-season snap in the league. Robinson has struggled to flash the explosiveness that he had before his Achilles tendon tear, but if the team needs him to simply give Dillon some breathers — potentially even as a pass protector — Robinson is in a good position to earn another gameday check.
At the moment, the Packers have yet to announce Robinson’s signing or a corresponding roster move. Green Bay’s practice squad is limited to 17 players, with Kenneth Odumegwu’s IPP exemption. Currently, the Packers are at that 17-player limit, so someone would have to be let go for the team to add Robinson.