Packers put Demetri Goodson on IR, activate Reggie Gilbert

Michael Cohen
Packers News
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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel (18) catches a first-quarter touchdown pass against the coverage of Green Bay Packers cornerback Demetri Goodson (39) in October at the Georgia Dome.

GREEN BAY - More than a year of rehab ended in disappointment for Green Bay Packers cornerback Demetri Goodson, who was placed on injured reserve Friday, ending his 2017 season before it began.

Goodson suffered a horrific knee injury against Washington on Nov. 20, 2016, and spent the last 12 months rehabbing for a potential return from a ruptured ACL, torn MCL, torn meniscus and dislocated knee cap. He began practicing with the defense in late November and was poised to play until a hamstring injury set him back again, ultimately shutting him down for good.

The Packers filled Goodson’s roster spot by promoting outside linebacker Reggie Gilbert from the practice squad. Gilbert could see playing time Saturday against the Minnesota Vikings given the doubtful status of starter Nick Perry (ankle/shoulder) and a nagging hamstring injury for Clay Matthews, who is questionable.

Gilbert signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent on May 6, 2016. He spent all of last year on the practice squad and did the same for the first 15 weeks of this season.

Injury update: The Packers added cornerback Damarious Randall (knee) to the injury report after Friday’s practice. He is questionable to play against the Vikings. 

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