The guys at PackersNews.com give their predictions for the Week 13 showdown between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Dec. 1, 2017)
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers ended running back Ty Montgomery’s season Friday, putting him on injured reserve.
Montgomery hasn’t played since leaving the Packers' game at Chicago last month with a rib injury, forcing him to miss the past three games. He previously had broken his ribs in the Packers' first game against the Bears on Sept. 28.
Montgomery has been dealing with a wrist injury since before the first Bears game. It was listed on the injury report before that game, but then hadn't appeared on the report until this week. That is the injury that led to Montgomery being placed on IR.
The Packers filled his spot by promoting receiver Michael Clark from the practice squad. Clark has impressed teammates while toiling in obscurity, with Davon House saying Thursday the rookie has “the same talent level” as Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowler Mike Evans.
“I see a lot of Mike Evans in him,” House said. “I actually told him earlier (Thursday) that you might get some cut-ups of him and put it on his tape, because if he can play anything like Mike, he’s going to be really darn good in this league.”
The Packers also will be without rookie cornerback Kevin King against the Buccaneers on Sunday. King continues to struggle with a shoulder injury that kept him out of practice this week and forced him to be inactive for the Packers' home game two weeks ago against the Baltimore Ravens.
Five players were listed questionable for Sunday: running back Aaron Jones (MCL), outside linebacker Clay Matthews (groin), defensive tackle Kenny Clark (ankle), outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks (back) and backup guard Lucas Patrick (hand).
No penalty: Pittsburgh Steelers rookie T.J. Watt wasn't penalized for hitting Packers quarterback Brett Hundley’s helmet in Sunday night's game because Hundley was considered a runner, quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt said.
Watt contacted Hundley’s helmet inside the pocket while sacking him, delivering a fatal blow to the Packers' final drive. The Packers felt that play should have been a 15-yard penalty. Van Pelt said the league informed them Hundley was a runner, thus not protected as a passer.
“I guess by rule,” Van Pelt said, “he is not when you become a runner. But had he pulled up to throw the ball and took the hit to the helmet, he’d become a passer and gets the rule back in his favor. I’m not 100 percent sure on it. We were all a little concerned about it, but I think it came back that they deemed him a runner at that time.”
Fine time: Packers tight end Richard Rodgers was fined $24,309 for hitting Steelers safety Sean Davis' helmet, which drew an unnecessary roughness penalty.
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel contributed to this report.