GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Packers thought enough of defensive lineman Brian Price to up his salary to the rookie minimum for the final two weeks of the regular season.
Price, who is on the practice squad, had an opportunity to join the Indianapolis Colts’ 53-man roster, an NFL source said, but after talking with the Packers, the team agreed to pay him the same weekly salary he would have gotten with the Colts.
The Packers are known for bumping up the salary of practice squad players when other teams come calling in order to retain them. An NFL team can sign any other team’s practice squad player to its 53-man roster but the player doesn’t have to go.
In this case, Price probably felt he had built a foundation with the Packers and didn’t want to start over.
Price, an undrafted free agent, didn’t make the 53-man roster out of training camp, but was re-signed to the practice squad. He was added to the 53 in Week 3 after nose tackle Letroy Guion got hurt, but was let go after two weeks.
After clearing waivers, he re-joined the practice squad, where he was making $6,900 per week. He will make $26,465 a week for the next two weeks after his salary bump.
Last year, the Packers bumped up the salaries of practice squad players Christian Ringo and Matt Rotheram.
Injury report: The Packers did not practice Thursday and so the only change on their injury report was to upgrade guard Lane Taylor to an estimated full participation.
The Minnesota Vikings upgraded several players.
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs (hip) and safety Harrison Smith (ankle) went from did not participate to limited and cornerbacks MacKenzie Alexander (abdomen) and Trae Waynes (concussion) went from limited to full participation.