Packers put edge rusher Nick Perry on IR, promote DL James Looney

Jim Owczarski
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Green Bay Packers linebacker Nick Perry (53) during Packers practice in the Don Hutson Center Monday, September 3, 2018 in Ashwaubenon, Wis

MINNEAPOLIS -- Nick Perry’s frustrating season came to a formal end on Saturday when the Green Bay Packers placed the outside linebacker on season-ending injured reserve with a right knee injury.

The 28-year-old was injured with 33 seconds left in the first half against Miami on Nov. 11 on a pass rush of Dolphins quarterback Brock Osweiler. Perry came around Osweiler’s blind side, and as he slid across Osweiler’s back, the right leg of Dolphins running back Frank Gore slammed into Perry’s knee, bending it severely.

It is the third time in his seven-year career Perry ends a season on IR. He has never played a full season.

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Perry had missed training camp while on the physically unable to perform list following his recovery from offseason ankle surgery. Perry did return for the start the season, and he finished with a career-low 1.5 sacks in nine games.

To take Perry’s spot on the active roster, the Packers promoted defensive lineman James Looney from the practice squad. Looney was a seventh-round pick out of the University of California but has spent the entire season on the practice squad.

With veteran Mike Daniels unsure about his return date, the Packers needed defensive line depth as they take on the Minnesota Vikings Sunday night. Looney is 6 feet, 3 inches and 287-pounds and will join Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry, Montravius Adams and Tyler Lancaster on the line.

Wide receiver Jake Kumerow was eligible to be promoted to the roster as he began practicing this week. The Packers will have another week to determine if Kumerow will be activated or released.

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