Packers transactions: Abram released, Gaines promoted to 53

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Here's how the Green Bay Packers' 53-man roster has changed during the 2022 season. See the practice squad below.

Nov. 29: Packers cut Johnathan Abram, promote practice squad player to 53-man roster

Green Bay Packers safety Innis Gaines (38) attemtps to block a pass during Packers Family Night at Lambeau Field, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. Samantha Madar/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
  • IN: Innis Gaines, safety (promoted from practice squad)
  • OUT: Johnathan Abram, safety (released)
  • IN: Nick Guggemos, tight end (to practice squad)

Johnathan Abram, a former-first round pick by the Oakland Raiders signed Nov. 9, didn't make it through a full month with the Packers. Abram was listed as inactive against the Eagles in favor of practice-squad elevation Innis Gaines, who now takes Abram's spot on the 53-man roster.

Guggemos has spent time with three NFL teams since first signing with Seattle in May 2021.

Nov. 27: Game-day inactives

  • Jothnathan Abram, linebacker
  • De'Vondre Campbell, linebacker
  • Romeo Doubs, wide receiver
  • Jonathan Ford, defensive lineman
  • Shemar Jean-Charles, cornerback
  • Rasheed Walker, offensive line

Campbell missed his fourth straight game with injury and Doubs missed his third. Abram, a recent addition off waivers, was left off the 48-man gameday roster for the first time. Offensive lineman Luke Tenuta was active on gameday for the first time; he was signed Oct. 18.

Nov. 26: Packers elevate Taylor, Innis Gaines for game against Philadelphia

Green Bay Packers running back Patrick Taylor (27) warms up before the game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, at Lambeau Field.
  • ELEVATED: Patrick Taylor, running back (second elevation)
  • ELEVATED: Innis Gaines, safety (second elevation)

Though he was released last week, Patrick Taylor is back on the 48-man game day roster for the game against Philadelphia after being elevated from the practice squad. Though he's been active for eight games this year, it's only his second elevation as a member of the practice squad and he could still get elevated one more time this year before the Packers are compelled to add him to the 53-man roster (again).

It's the second elevation for Gaines, leaving him in the same boat.

Nov. 25: Reserve offensive lineman suspended

Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Sean Rhyan (75) during Green Bay Packers practice at the Grove Hotel, Watford, north of London on Friday, Oct. 07 2022 in London.

Packers offensive lineman Sean Rhyan's season is over after he was suspended for six games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The rookie third-round pick has not seen the field this year and will not count against the 53-man roster the rest of the year.

Nov. 25: Patrick Taylor once again back on the practice squad

  • IN: Patrick Taylor, running back (to practice squad)
  • OUT: Josh Babicz, tight end (from practice squad)

Twice, running back Patrick Taylor has been released, and both times he has returned to the Packers practice squad, where he began the season, as well. He's been active for eight games this year. He takes the place of Josh Babicz, who did not see any action on game day this year.

Nov. 24: Patrick Taylor released as Packers add linebacker

  • IN: Justin Hollins, linebacker (claimed off waivers)
  • OUT: Patrick Taylor, running back

The Packers released Patrick Taylor for the second time this year off the active roster to make way for a waiver claim from the Los Angeles Rams. In his fourth NFL season, Hollins has seven sacks in 49 regular-season games and previously worked with Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry.

Nov. 17: Game-day inactives

  • De'Vondre Campbell, linebacker
  • Romeo Doubs, wide receiver
  • Jonathan Ford, defensive tackle
  • Shemar Jean-Charles, cornerback
  • Luke Tenuta, offensive lineman
  • Rasheed Walker, offensive lineman

Campbell was inactive for a third straight week with injury, and Doubs was labeled inactive for a second week.

Nov. 17: Randall Cobb activated

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) participates in training camp on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Ray Nitschke Field in Ashwaubenon, Wis. Samantha Madar/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis.
  • IN: Randall Cobb, wide receiver (activated from injured reserve)

Randall Cobb was activated from injured reserve in advance of the game against Tennessee on Thursday Night Football. He missed the minimum four weeks while on IR.

Nov. 15: Packers release Amari Rodgers and Kylin Hill, promote Patrick Taylor, sign Dede Westbrook and Tim Ward to practice squad

  • OUT: Amari Rodgers, wide receiver (released)
  • OUT: Kylin Hill, running back (released)
  • IN: Patrick Taylor, running back (signed to 53-man roster from practice squad)
  • IN: Dede Westbrook, wide receiver (signed to practice squad)
  • IN: Tim Ward, linebacker (signed to practice squad)

The Packers released receiver Amari Rodgers, whose troubles in the punt return game have been well documented, and backup running back Kylin Hill, both 2021 draft picks.

Rodgers, a third-round pick in 2021, hasn't been able to do enough as a receiver to offset his woes as a return specialist, which included a lost fumble against Dallas in Week 10. He has eight career receptions and seven fumbles with the Packers.

Hill, a seventh-round pick in 2021, provided depth at running back, but he tore his ACL as a rookie in 2021 and spent the start of the 2022 season on the physically unable to perform list.

Neither he nor Rodgers is expected to be signed to the practice squad if they clear waivers.

To replace Hill, the Packers added Taylor back to the 53-man roster. Taylor started the year on the practice squad, was signed to the 53-man roster in Week 2 and cut in Week 9 to make room for Hill. Taylor was re-signed to the practice after clearing waivers and spent the last two weeks there.

Westbrook was a fourth-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2017. In 25 starts with Jacksonville and Minnesota, he has 170 catches for 1,788 yards and nine touchdowns. He also has averaged 9.3 yards on 69 punt returns and 18.0 yards on seven kickoff returns.

He has been a free agent since the end of last season and reportedly turned down an offer to return to the Vikings this off-season.

Ward is a third-year player who has seen time with the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets. He is an edge rusher who had one sack in 12 career games. The Jets released him during training camp and he has been a free agent since.

Nov. 13: Game-day inactives

  • Krys Barnes, linebacker
  • De'Vondre Campbell, linebacker
  • Romeo Doubs, wide receiver
  • Jonathan Ford, defensive lineman
  • Shemar Jean-Charles, cornerback
  • Luke Tenuta, offensive line
  • Rasheed Walker, offensive line

Barnes, Campbell, Doubs and Jean-Charles are nursing injuries.

Nov. 12: Packers put Stokes on injured reserve but elevate a kicker from practice squad for Sunday

Green Bay Packers cornerback Eric Stokes (21) runs onto Lambeau Field at Packers Family Night on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, in Green Bay, Wis. Samantha Madar/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis.
  • IN: Corey Ballentine, cornerback (from practice squad)
  • OUT: Eric Stokes, cornerback (injured reserve)
  • ELEVATED: Ramiz Ahmed, kicker (first elevation)
  • ELEVATED: La'Darius Hamilton, linebacker (second elevation)

Eric Stokes, likely lost for the year after sustaining an ankle injury against Detroit, was officially moved to injured reserve, and the Packers replaced him with Corey Ballentine, a return specialist and cornerback signed from Arizona in September.

But the more interesting move was the elevation of kicker Ramiz Ahmed, suggesting Mason Crosby may be unable to play against Dallas. Ahmed, who shined in preseason, hasn't had a chance to appear with the Packers on game day yet. Crosby was limited in practice this week with a back issue, though that's not altogether unusual. He was not given an injury designation for the game against Dallas.

The Packers also elevated La'Darius Hamilton from the practice squad for a second time. He can be elevated once more time this season from the practice squad; after that, if the Packers want to use him a fourth time, he'll need to be added to the 53-man roster.

Nov. 9: Packers sign former first-round pick Johnathan Abram from Raiders

Las Vegas Raiders safety Johnathan Abram (24) tackles Tennessee Titans tight end Geoff Swaim (87) during the second quarter at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.
  • IN: Johnathan Abram, safety (claimed off waivers)
  • OUT: Rashan Gary, linebacker (placed on injured reserve)

The Packers added the 2019 first-round pick Abram from the Las Vegas Raiders, giving the team another option in the secondary. To make room on the 53-man roster, the Packers placed Rashan Gary on injured reserve. He's been lost for the season with an ACL tear suffered against Detroit on Nov. 6.

Nov. 6: Game-day inactives

  • De'Vondre Campbell, linebacker
  • Jonathan Ford, defensive lineman
  • Shemar Jean-Charles, cornerback
  • Luke Tenuta, offensive lineman
  • Rasheed Walker, offensive lineman

Campbell left the previous week's game against Buffalo with a knee injury, and the all-pro was missing his first game of the season. Jean-Charles was sidelined with an injury for the second straight week.

Nov. 4: Patrick Taylor returns to practice squad

Patrick Taylor, a running back who's seen action in in seven games this year for the Packers but was waived when the team added Kylin Hill back to the 53-man roster, was brought back to the practice squad where he started the year. To make room for him, the club released linebacker Kobe Jones.

Nov. 3: Packers return Krys Barnes from injured reserve

Green Bay Packers linebacker Krys Barnes (51) celebrates recoving a fumble against the Detroit Lions during their football game Monday, September 20, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. 
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  • IN: Krys Barnes, linebacker
  • OUT: None (open spot on 53-man roster)

Barnes became the second player to return from injured reserve this season, joining Sammy Watkins, and he essentially took the place of seldom-used running back Patrick Taylor, who had been waived earlier in the week to maintain one open spot on the 53-man roster.

Nov. 2: Packers activate Kylin Hill off PUP list

Green Bay Packers running back Kylin Hill (32) leaps a defender against the Detroit Lions during their football game on Monday, August 20, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. 
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  • IN: Kylin Hill, running back
  • OUT: Patrick Taylor, running back

Running back Kylin Hill, a 2021 draft pick who tore his ACL last year and opened the year on the physically unable to perform list, has been activated and added to the 53-man roster. Hill appeared in eight games last year and returned 10 kicks before being lost for the season. Hill was the only player still on the PUP list. He took the place of Patrick Taylor, who had only played almost exclusively on special teams since earning promotion to the 53-man roster in late September.

Oct. 30: Game-day inactives

  • Jonathan Ford, defensive lineman
  • Jonathan Garvin, Linebacker
  • Shemar Jean-Charles, cornerback
  • Elgton Jenkins, offensive line
  • Allen Lazard, wide receiver
  • Luke Tenuta, offensive lineman

Jenkins was questionable coming into the game but left the pregame warmups in Buffalo with a trainer and was then ruled out with a foot injury, forcing an offensive-line reshuffle. Lazard had been ruled out earlier in the week with a shoulder injury we suffered a week earlier.

Oct. 29: Packers elevate two practice-squad players for Bills game

  • Innis Gaines, safety (first elevation)
  • Kobe Jones, linebacker (first elevation)

Both players elevated for the game against Buffalo can get elevated twice more this season; if the Packers wish to use them again on game day, they must be added to the active roster. Currently, the only player who has maxed out his practice-squad elevations is receiver Juwann Winfree. Gaines appeared in one game last year for the Packers (his only career NFL appearance), and Jones has not appeared in an NFL game.

Oct. 25: Packers add tight end to practice squad

Tight end Josh Babicz, a rookie out of North Dakota State who played college football alongside Packers receiver Christian Watson, was added to the practice squad, with Green Bay releasing tight end Shaun Beyer.

Babicz signed with Carolina as an undrafted free agent and released from the Panthers' practice squad.

Oct. 23: Game-day inactives

  • David Bakhtiari, offensive lineman
  • Jonathan Ford, defensive lineman
  • Jonathan Garvin, defensive end
  • Luke Tenuta, offensive lineman
  • Christian Watson, wide receiver

Bakhtiari was downgraded to questionable late in the week and ultimately ruled out for the Week 7 game against the Washington Commanders. Watson was sidelined with a hamstring injury for a second straight week. Tenuta was recently signed to the 53-man roster.

Oct 22: Packers elevate linebacker from practice squad

  • La'Darius Hamilton, linebacker (first elevation)

Green Bay elected to elevate linebacker La'Darius Hamilton from the practice squad for the Week 7 game against the Washington Commanders, marking the first time he's been elevated this season. The Packers can elevate Hamilton twice more before they need to add him to the active roster for a fourth game.

Oct. 22: Packers swap receivers on active roster

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) is showed out. A bounds by New York Jets cornerback Michael Carter II (30) after a reception during the second  quarter of their game Sunday, October 16, 2022 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. The New York Jets beat the Green Bay Packers 27-10.
  • IN: Sammy Watkins, wide receiver
  • OUT: Randall Cobb, wide receiver (to injured reserve)
  • OUT: Jake Hanson, offensive line (to injured reserve)

Cobb's ankle injury suffered against the Jets was initially feared to be much worse, but he figures to be back shortly after the requisite four weeks on injured reserve; he'd be eligible for the Thursday Night Football game against Tennessee on Nov. 17. Hanson suffered a biceps injury in the same game after subbing in briefly at guard.

The veteran Watkins is back after four weeks on injured reserve with a hamstring issue.

Oct. 19: Packers sign wide receiver Kawaan Baker to the practice squad

  • IN: Kawaan Baker, wide receiver
  • OUT: None (had open spot on practice squad)

The Packers signed receiver Kawaan Baker, a seventh-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in '21, to the practice squad, filling one of the spots they had open after releasing linebacker Ray Wilborn and cornerback Benjie Franklin.

Baker is coming off a six-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, which was announced on Aug. 3. The Saints cut him as soon as his suspension was lifted.

The 6-1, 210-pound receiver spent all of his rookie season on the Saints' practice squad and was elevated to the gameday roster twice, recording one tackle on special teams.

Oct. 18: Packers sign offensive lineman, add familiar face to practice squad

  • IN: Luke Tenuta, offensive line
  • OUT: None (had open roster spot)

The Packers claimed tackle Luke Tenuta off of waivers from the Indianapolis Colts, taking the open 53-man roster spot vacated when Tipa Galeai was added to injured reserve.

Tenuta was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2022 and was waived after training camp. He was claimed by the Colts, signed to the active roster and spent the first five weeks inactive on game day.

Not only that, but the Packers added safety Innis Gaines to the practice squad. Gaines was with the Packers in the preseason.

Green Bay also has an open practice-squad spot after cutting two players: linebacker Ray Wilborn and cornerback Benjie Franklin. 

Oct. 16: Game-day inactives

  • Jonathan Ford, defensive lineman
  • Sean Rhyan, offensive lineman
  • Samori Toure, wide receiver
  • Rasheed Walker, offensive tackle
  • Christian Watson, wide receiver

The NFL allows for a 48-player active roster on game day, thus necessitating five inactives. All five players this week marked as inactive were rookies, with only Watson (hamstring) sidelined because of injury.

Oct. 15: Packers place Tipa Galeai on injured reserve

  • IN: No corresponding move
  • OUT: Tipa Galeai (placed on injured reserve)

Tipa Galeai, who was ruled out for the Week 6 battle with the Jets on account of a hamstring injury, was placed on injured reserve. The Packers did not immediately announce a replacement on the 53-man roster.

Galeai has seen action in all five games this season but no snaps on defense, playing exclusively on special teams. 

Oct. 15: Packers elevate Juwann Winfree for final time

  • Juwann Winfree, wide receiver (third elevation)

The Packers elevated wide receiver Juwann Winfree for the Week 6 game against the New York Jets, marking the third and final time he can be elevated this season. If the Packers wish to use Winfree a fourth time, he must be added to the 53- man active roster.

With Christian Watson sidelined by injury, the Packers needed the receiving depth.

Winfree appeared on the 48-man active gameday roster in Week 1 against the Vikings, where he caught one pass for 17 yards and again in Week 3, where he did not catch a pass. The second-year player released at the end of training camp also saw action in seven games last year.

Oct. 9: Game-day inactives

  • Jonathan Ford, defensive lineman
  • Sean Rhyan, offensive lineman
  • Samori Toure, wide receiver
  • Rasheed Walker, offensive tackle
  • Devonte Wyatt, defensive lineman

The NFL allows for a 48-player active roster on game day, thus necessitating five inactives. The only passing surprise is first-round draft selection Devonte Wyatt, a rookie who hasn't seen a high volume of snaps this year. Wyatt hasn't made the impact that fellow first-rounder, Quay Walker, has on defense in the infancy of his NFL career.

Oct. 4: Packers sign linebacker from Saints practice squad

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Malik Taylor (86) is tackled by Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Eric Wilson (50) and Anthony Harris (41) in the fourth quarter during their football game Sunday, November 1, 2020, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.
  • IN: Eric Wilson, linebacker (signed off Saints practice squad)
  • OUT: Caleb Jones, offensive lineman (placed on non-football injury list)

Linebacker Eric Wilson was signed off the New Orleans Saints' practice squad and added to the active roster.

He takes the place of Caleb Jones, who'd previously been added to the non-football injury list over the weekend with an illness.

The sixth-year veteran Wilson spent the 2022 offseason with the Saints and was waived after training camp before being signed to the practice squad, where he has spent the first four weeks of the season. He was with the Vikings from 2017-20.

Oct. 2: Game-day inactives

Aug 25, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Samori Toure (83) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Dicaprio Bootle (2) and Kansas City Chiefs safety Bryan Cook (6) during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jaire Alexander, cornerback
  • Jonathan Ford, defensive lineman
  • Caleb Jones, offensive tackle
  • Sean Rhyan, offensive lineman
  • Samori Toure, wide receiver
  • Rasheed Walker, offensive tackle

The NFL allows for a 48-player active roster on game day, thus necessitating five inactives (and one more this week because the team elevated Kiondre Thomas off the practice squad). Alexander was the only one missing the game because of injury. Caleb Jones is technically on the non-football illness list and not on the 53-man roster, but the Packers did not fill that opening). 

Adrian Amos was lost in the first half with a concussion.

Oct. 1: Packers elevate Kiondre Thomas with Alexander hurting

  • Kiondre Thomas, cornerback (first elevation)

With the availability of cornerback Jaire Alexander in doubt, the Packers elevated practice squad player Kiondre Thomas for the Week 4 game at home against New England.

The 24-year-old played four games last year for the Los Angeles Chargers, but this will be the first time he's on Green Bay's active roster.

Thomas can be elevated from the practice squad for two more games this season after New England. If the team wishes to use him again after that, it'll need to add him to the active roster.

Sept. 28: Packers sign return man Corey Ballentine to practice squad

Green Bay Packers cornerback Kabion Ento (48) tackles New York Jets cornerback Corey Ballentine (27) in the first half during their preseason football game on Saturday, August 21, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Samantha Madar/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Corey Ballentine, a sixth-round pick by the Giants in 2019 most recently on the Arizona Cardinals practice squad, is a cornerback but has served as a kickoff return man, once returning a 73-yard kickoff against the Packers while playing for the Jets. Overall, he has 35 career kick returns and an average of 24.4 yards per return.

He's appeared in 32 NFL games with the Giants, Lions and Jets.

Ballentine takes the open roster spot left behind when Sammy Watkins moved to injured reserve and Patrick Taylor was promoted to the active roster. It's notable that the Packers also struck gold last season by signing a player off the Arizona practice squad, Rasul Douglas, though this isn't an addition to the active roster.

Sept. 25: Game-day inactives

  • Jonathan Ford, defensive lineman
  • Caleb Jones, offensive tackle
  • Sean Rhyan, offensive line
  • Samori Toure, wide receiver
  • Rasheed Walker, offensive tackle
  • Christian Watson, wide receiver 

The NFL allows for a 48-player active roster on game day, thus necessitating five inactives (and one more in this case, since the Packers had elevated practice squad player Juwann Winfree for the game against Tampa Bay). Watson is the only one on the list who was held out because of injury, leaving the Packers limited at receiver.

In the first half, Jaire Alexander was lost to injury.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Juwann Winfree (88) catches a pass during training camp on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, at Ray Nitschke Field in Ashwaubenon, Wis. Samantha Madar/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis.

Sept. 24: Packers elevate wide receiver Juwann Winfree for Week 3 in Tampa

  • Juwann Winfree, wide receiver (second elevation)

The Packers elevated Winfree in Week 1 against the Vikings, where he caught one pass for 17 yards. With Sammy Watkins lost to injury, it made sense that he'd be brought up from the practice squad to fill one of the 46 spots active on gameday. The second-year player released at the end of training camp also saw action in seven games last year.

Winfree can be elevated from the practice squad for one more game this season after Tampa. If the team wishes to use him again after that, it'll need to add him to the active roster.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (11) is shown at an NFL football game between the Packers and Bears Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Green Bay, Wis. Watkins is the Packers' leading receiver and caught three passes for 93 yards in a Sunday night victory over the Chicago Bears. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

  • IN: Patrick Taylor, running back (signed from practice squad)
  • OUT: Sammy Watkins, wide receiver (to injured reserve)

Fresh off a three-catch, 93-yard receiving performance against the Bears, the Packers lost a veteran receiver in Watkins with a hamstring injury, putting him on injured reserve and guaranteeing that he'll be out four weeks. 

Taylor, who was elevated for the Week 2 game against Chicago, saw action in nine games with the Packers in last year's regular season.

Sept. 22: Practice squad player just released is back

Travis Fulgham was off the practice squad for two days. With receivers ailing, the Packers added him back to the unit and cut safety Mike Brown.

The Packers have twice claimed Fulgham off waivers three times, once in 2020 and now twice in 2022, but he has never appeared in a game for Green Bay.

Sept. 20: Packers add DQ Thomas to practice squad, cut Travis Fulgham

In a practice-squad maneuver, the Packers added an inside linebacker in Thomas, a highly recruited undrafted free agent from Middle Tennessee State who received $130,000 guaranteed to sign with the Jets but was subsequently released. He had 20½ sacks at MTSU. In the corresponding move, the Packers parted with wide receiver Travis Fulgham, leaving just one wide receiver on the practice squad in Juwann Winfree.

Green Bay Packers tackle David Bakhtiari (69) smiles as fans during Packers Family Night on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Samantha Madar/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis.

Sept. 18: Game-day inactives

  • David Bakhtiari, offensive line 
  • Caleb Jones, offensive line
  • Samori Toure, wide receiver
  • Jonathan Ford, defensive line
  • Sean Rhyan, offensive line
  • Tariq Carpenter, safety

The NFL allows for a 48-player active roster on game day, thus necessitating five inactives (and one more in this case, since the Packers had elevated practice squad player Patrick Taylor for the game against Chicago). Bakhtiari is the only player in the bunch nursing an injury.

Aug 25, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Patrick Taylor (27) runs the ball against Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jermaine Carter (53) during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Sept. 17: Packers elevate running back Patrick Taylor from practice squad for Week 2

  • Patrick Taylor, running back (first elevation)

The Packers only used one of their two options to elevate a player for the Week 2 game day roster, choosing running back Patrick Taylor to fill one of their 46 spots. Taylor, a second-year player who was released at the end of training camp, will be making his 10th career appearance. The only two backs on the 53-man roster are Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon, but the Packers kept Taylor and rookie Tyler Goodson on the practice squad in case they needed a third back. The 6-2, 217-pound Taylor played multiple positions on special teams during training camp.

He can be elevated for two more games this season, after which he must be added to the 53-man roster if the Packers wish to use him again.

Caleb Jones is shown during Green Bay Packers rookie camp on May 6.

Sept. 13: Packers replace injured linebacker Krys Barnes with tackle Caleb Jones

  • IN: Caleb Jones, offensive lineman (signed off practice squad)
  • OUT: Krys Barnes (to injured reserve)

The Packers made the addition after Barnes was hurt in Week 1 of the season, though there's optimism he'll be back in a few weeks (though he must spend at least four weeks on injured reserve and cannot practice). Jones was an intriguing story as an undrafted free agent out of Indiana, a behemoth of 6-9 and 370 pounds who wasn't invited to the NFL combine. Another team attempted to sign Jones to its 53-man roster, but the Packers offered him a spot on theirs so they wouldn't lose him. Jones gives the Packers added tackle depth with Jon Runyan possibly sidelined by a concussion and Zach Tom (capable of playing multiple spots on the line) able to take his spot if needed. 

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Juwann Winfree pulls in a reception during the preseason.

Sept. 11: Abernathy, Winfree elevated from practice squad for Week 1 

  • Micah Abernathy, safety (first elevation)
  • Juwann Winfree, wide receiver (first elevation)

Both were elevated from the practice squad for the Week 1 game against the Vikings. This does not mean they were added to the 53-man roster; they are still on the practice squad and can be claimed by another team. They can both be elevated for two more games this season, after which they must be added to the 53-man roster if the Packers wish to use them again.

Elgton Jenkins hasn't played yet this season after tearing his ACL in his left knee Nov. 21, 2021.

Sept. 11: Game-day inactives

  • Allen Lazard, wide receiver
  • David Bakhtiari, offensive line 
  • Elgton Jenkins, offensive line
  • Samori Toure, wide receiver
  • Jonathan Ford, defensive line
  • Shemar Jean-Charles, cornerback
  • Tariq Carpenter, safety

The NFL allows for a 48-player active roster on game day, thus necessitating five inactives (and two more in this case, since the Packers had elevated two practice squad players for the Week 1 battle against Minnesota). Lazard had an ankle injury, while Bakhtiari and Jenkins are working back from knee injuries (and Jenkins also had a pectoral injury).

Safety Micah Abernathy intercepts a pass during the preseason.

Aug. 31: Packers add safety Rudy Ford from Jacksonville

  • IN: Rudy Ford, safety (signed as free agent)
  • OUT: Micah Abernathy, safety

Abernathy has a great story, signed in early August as essentially a training-camp body and taking advantage of his opportunity to make the 53-man roster. But his time there was short-lived, when the Packers agreed to bring in former Jacksonville Jaguars special-teams ace Ford. Abernathy instead signed with the practice squad, and the Packers released Rico Gafford to make room.

More:Here's who the Green Bay Packers released, cutting to 53-man roster: Jack Heflin, Juwann Winfree, Tyler Goodson among them

Current Packers 53-man roster (last updated Nov. 29)

  • QB: Aaron Rodgers, Jordan Love
  • RB: Aaron Jones, AJ Dillon, Patrick Taylor
  • WR: Allen Lazard, Sammy Watkins, Randall Cobb, Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, Samori Toure
  • TE: Robert Tonyan, Marcedes Lewis, Josiah Deguara, Tyler Davis
  • OL: David Bakhtiari, Elgton Jenkins, Josh Myers, Jon Runyan, Yosh Nijman, Zach Tom, Royce Newman, Rasheed Walker, Luke Tenuta
  • DL: Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry, Jarran Reed, T.J. Slaton, Devonte Wyatt, Kingsley Enagbare, Jonathan Ford
  • LB: Krys Barnes, De'Vondre Campbell, Preston Smith, Quay Walker, Isaiah McDuffie, Jonathan Garvin, Eric Wilson
  • CB: Jaire Alexander, Rasul Douglas, Keisean Nixon, Shemar Jean-Charles, Corey Ballentine
  • S: Adrian Amos, Darnell Savage, Dallin Leavitt, Tariq Carpenter, Rudy Ford, Innis Gaines
  • K: Mason Crosby
  • P: Pat O'Donnell
  • LS: Jack Coco

Former roster members:Micah Abernathy (S), cut Aug. 31 and signed to practice squad; Caleb Jones (OT), non-football injury list; Tipa Galeai (LB), injured; Jake Hanson (OG), injured; Randall Cobb (WR), injured; Rashan Gary (LB), injured; Eric Stokes (CB), injured; Amari Rodgers (WR), released; Kylin Hill (RB), released; Sean Rhyan (OL), suspended; Johnathan Abram (S), released

Current Packers practice squad (last updated Nov. 29)

  • Micah Abernathy (S)
  • Ramiz Ahmed (K)
  • Kawaan Baker (WR)
  • Danny Etling (QB)
  • Travis Fulgham (WR)
  • Tyler Goodson (RB)
  • Nick Guggemos (TE)
  • La'Darius Hamilton (OLB) 
  • Jack Heflin (DL) 
  • Kobe Jones (OLB) 
  • Chris Slayton (DL)
  • Patrick Taylor (RB)
  • DQ Thomas (ILB)
  • Kiondre Thomas (CB)
  • Tim Ward (LB)
  • Dede Westbrook (WR)
  • Juwann Winfree (WR)

Former practice squad members:Caleb Jones (OT), promotedMike Brown (S), released Sept. 22Ray Wilborn (ILB), released Oct. 18; Benjie Franklin (DB), released Oct. 18; Shaun Beyer (TE), released Oct. 25; Kobe Jones (LB), released Nov. 3; Corey Ballentine (CB), promoted Nov. 12; Innis Gaines (S), promoted Nov. 29

JR Radcliffe can be reached at (262) 361-9141 or jradcliffe@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JRRadcliffe.

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