CINCINNATI — The Green Bay Packers’ preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals is still hours away, but there are a couple of developments here that will affect them.
First, tight end Jermichael Finley, who was set to make his preseason debut tonight after missing the first two games because a quad injury, apparently won’t play.
On his Twitter account, Finley posted:
“Sorry Fans 88 is Heading back to GB from Cinny to take care of my Family. #Family1st” and “A blessing has came into the world! #BabyFin”
Also, late yesterday news broke that the NFL Players Association rejected the league’s proposal to establish a new category of injured reserve. It also rejected the proposed move of the trade deadline to after Week 8 instead of after Week 6.
The injured reserve rule might have benefited the Packers. The rule, which would have allowed teams to designate one player who could return from an injury after the eighth week of the season. In the interim, that player would not count on the 53-man roster.
Perhaps linebacker Desmond Bishop, who tore his hamstring in the preseason opener at San Diego, might have been a candidate for that. Now, the Packers will either have to carry him on the roster or place him on injured reserve, which would end his season.
-- Rob Demovsky,. email@example.com