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The Packers make a flurry of moves ahead of season finale vs. Bears

Two of the five moves that Green Bay made on Saturday include activating players off of the injured reserve.

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On Saturday, the Green Bay Packers announced five roster moves as the team prepares for a win-and-in game against their rival, the Chicago Bears. Among those moves are two activations off of the injured reserve.

Tight end Luke Musgrave (kidney) and running back Emanuel Wilson (shoulder) have both been moved to the 53-man roster off of the injury list. Musgrave, the team’s starting tight end, lacerated his kidney against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 11 — the same game in which Wilson injured his shoulder. Wilson’s activation seems important, due to AJ Dillon’s thumb injury. On Friday, the Packers officially ruled Dillon out against the Bears, meaning that some combination of Wilson and Patrick Taylor will back up Aaron Jones on Sunday.

To make room for the promotions of Musgrave and Wilson, the Packers released cornerback David Long Jr. and placed safety Rudy Ford on the injured reserve. Long, a former third-round pick in 2019, was claimed off of waivers by Green Bay in Week 13. With cornerback Jaire Alexander presumably healthy, the team must no longer believe they need an extra body at the position.

Ford has had an interesting season, as he started nine games in 2023 but has recently been passed up on the depth chart by several safeties. Over the last two weeks, he’s played a total of seven defensive snaps. For reference, he’s played 26 special teams reps. On the injury report this week, he was listed as a non-participant in practice with a hamstring injury.

The final move that the Packers made on Saturday was the elevation of rookie receiver Grant DuBose to the gameday roster. The practice squadder was originally drafted by the team in the seventh round and will have his first opportunity at playing time this season versus the Bears.

At the moment, Jayden Reed (chest), Christian Watson (hamstring) and Dontayvion Wicks (chest) are all listed as questionable vs. Chicago. With Samori Toure now on the injured reserve for a knee injury, the healthy Packers receivers on the 53-man roster are limited to Romeo Doubs, Malik Heath and Bo Melton.