Aaron Nagler discusses the release of cornerback LaDarius Gunter and defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois and the return of wide receiver Geronimo Allison from suspension. (Sept. 12, 2017)
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers have promoted offensive lineman Adam Pankey from the practice squad to the active roster, according to a tweet from Pankey’s agent, Vince Calo.
Pankey, an undrafted free agent from West Virginia, takes the roster spot of defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois, who was released Tuesday afternoon.
The Packers announced those moves Wednesday and also the signing of guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad. Greene (6-3, 321 pounds) was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2016 and spent most of last season on their practice squad.
Pankey shuffled between tackle and guard throughout training camp but settled in at the latter during early September. His strong performance at left guard in the final exhibition game against the Los Angeles Rams left a positive impression for the scouting department two days before final cuts.
The decision to sign Pankey off the practice squad could be tied to the hamstring injury suffered by backup left tackle Jason Spriggs against the Seattle Seahawks.
Spriggs played one snap on special teams during an extra point attempt by kicker Mason Crosby. He ducked low to block linebacker K.J. Wright, who wound up falling on Spriggs’ back. Spriggs grabbed at his left hamstring and toppled over in pain.
The Packers return to the practice field Wednesday and will release their first injury report by late afternoon. Spriggs declined to discuss the specifics of his injury during Monday’s open locker room but described the problem as a “tweak.”
It’s also possible the Packers are concerned about the availability of right tackle Bryan Bulaga, who missed Sunday’s game with an ankle sprain. If Bulaga were to miss another week, Pankey affords the Packers added depth along the interior with Kyle Murphy forced into the starting lineup.