On Wednesday, the Green Bay Packers held a practice session that included running back Emanuel Wilson and offensive tackle Luke Tenuta hitting the field. These two players are currently on the injured reserve, meaning that Wednesday marked the day that their 21-day practice window had been activated by the team. With the first round of the playoffs being three weeks out from now, this means that the Packers will have until the postseason — if the team is even still alive by then — to decide whether or not they’ll want to use a 53-man roster spot on either of these players or if they’ll revert to the injured reserve for the remainder of the season.
Tenuta, who was claimed by the Packers last season on waivers, injured his ankle in the preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals this year. At cutdowns, Tenuta originally made Green Bay’s 53-man roster, but was quickly placed on IR so the team could re-sign long snapper Matthew Orzech. Tenuta could help push tackle Caleb Jones, who has been a healthy scratch in most of the Packers’ games this year. Jones is the fourth tackle on the team, behind Zach Tom, Rasheed Walker and Yosh Nijman.
Wilson was a preseason star this summer and ended up winning the third spot on the running back depth chart before a shoulder injury led to him landing on the injured reserve in Week 12. Since Wilson’s injury, the Packers have re-signed Patrick Taylor to their active roster, signed veteran running back James Robinson to a short stint with the team and added Kenyan Drake to the practice squad. A potential return of Wilson could add some stability to the running back room, especially now that AJ Dillon is battling a broken thumb.
For the Packers to add either player to the 53-man roster, there would need to be a corresponding roster move made. With the recent activation of cornerback Eric Stokes from the injured reserve, the team’s active roster is now full.