Packers receiver J'Mon Moore resigned to fate after getting 'real short end of the stick'

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GREEN BAY - J’Mon Moore was one of the last players out of the Green Bay Packers’ locker room Thursday night, tidying up his locker. He threw away garbage, neatly arranged his gloves and briefly chatted with equipment manager Red Batty.

The second-year wide receiver out of Missouri played quite a bit in the Packers’ preseason finale against Kansas City but finished with one catch on two targets for seven yards. The second target was from DeShone Kizer, and the ball was intercepted.

“It is what it is, man,” Moore said quietly. “That’s all I can say. It is what it is. I’m just ready to … whatever, man.”

Green Bay Packers wide receiver J'Mon Moore (82) dives with the ball during the first quarter as the Green Bay Packers host the Kansas City Chiefs for their last preseason game of the year on Thursday, August 29, 2019.

Moore, drafted in the fourth round a year ago, caught four passes for 19 yards and one touchdown in four exhibition games. At the start of spring camp, he had looked forward to a fresh start with a new coaching staff and offense. But Jake Kumerow and undrafted rookie receivers Allen Lazard and Darrius Shepherd quickly earned more playing time and made more plays.

With the Packers having to make roster cuts Saturday, it felt like Moore knew his immediate future with the club was in doubt.

“Just got the real short end of the stick,” he said. “Don’t know why. I’m not going to ask why. I’m going to be all right though, for sure. I’ll be ready. I have no doubt what it is that I can do and I’m going to do it. It’s all good.”

Last season Moore appeared in 12 games, primarily on special teams. He caught two passes on three targets for 15 yards. He also returned four kicks for 102 yards.

Bolton's prognosis murky

Rookie inside linebacker Curtis Bolton seemed to have a spot on the Green Bay Packers' 53-man roster locked up until he injured his right knee Aug. 22 against Oakland.

A week later, he said he still doesn’t know whether he’ll be able to play this season.

Bolton said he has undergone two MRIs on his knee and both were inconclusive as to whether he had a torn ligament. He is not wearing a brace and was walking without a limp, but he said he wasn’t getting his hopes up too high.

“I feel good, but I try not to be too optimistic because it will tear me down again if I find out something,” Bolton said. “At this this point, I’m not certain. It’s just confusing.

“Physically, I feel good. Some days I feel great, some days it doesn’t. I’m getting a lot of false reads. Tomorrow’s scan should tell the whole story, but I’m just trying to take it day by day.”

The Packers are hoping to catch a break with Bolton because they already won’t have starting inside linebacker Oren Burks (pectoral) for the regular-season opener against Chicago. Bolton had been serving as the starter while Burks was out with rookies Ty Summers and Brady Sheldon working in the middle as well.

Summers had five tackles and an interception returned for a touchdown against the Chiefs, but most of his play has been at the “Mike” position behind Blake Martinez. The Packers could try to get through a game or two with Summers filling in for Burks if Bolton is out, but first Summers needs to make the 53-man roster.

“It's one of those things that hopefully I end up showing enough at some point,” Summers said. “I had so many snaps, enough that they'd be like, 'OK, we can do something with him.' At the end of the day, I'm just going to hang out with my family that's in town and enjoy the next couple days and see what ends up happening.”

Not too serious

Rookie tight end Jace Sternberger came up limping after dropping a pass deep down the middle of the field in the second quarter and was eventually taken to the locker room on a cart.

He returned to the sideline in the second half, but the medical staff wouldn’t let him play.

“It’s just a little sprain,” he said. “I’ll be fine.”

Sternberger was making his first game appearance after suffering a concussion in a practice with the Houston Texans on Aug. 5. He caught a 2-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and got to do a Lambeau Leap.

But he was unable to show much else due to the injury.

“I kind of got rolled up on,” Sternberger said. “It was awkward. It just didn’t feel normal.”

Sternberger said he didn’t stay in the locker room after halftime because he wanted to keep the ankle loose and avoid any excessive swelling. He said he had no doubt he’d be ready for the season opener.

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