Packers transactions: All the roster changes during the 2022 season

JR Radcliffe
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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.

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 Sept. 20)

  • QB: Aaron Rodgers, Jordan Love
  • RB: Aaron Jones, AJ Dillon, Patrick Taylor
  • WR: Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, Amari Rodgers, 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, Jake Hanson, Sean Rhyan, Rasheed Walker, Caleb Jones
  • DL: Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry, Jarran Reed, T.J. Slaton, Devonte Wyatt, Kingsley Enagbare, Jonathan Ford
  • LB: De'Vondre Campbell, Rashan Gary, Preston Smith, Quay Walker, Isaiah McDuffie Tipa Galeai, Jonathan Garvin
  • CB: Jaire Alexander, Rasul Douglas, Eric Stokes, Keisean Nixon, Shemar Jean-Charles
  • S: Adrian Amos, Darnell Savage, Dallin Leavitt, Tariq Carpenter, Rudy Ford
  • K: Mason Crosby
  • P: Pat O'Donnell
  • LS: Jack Coco

Former roster members:Micah Abernathy (S), cut Aug. 31 and signed to practice squad; Krys Barnes (LB), injured; Sammy Watkins (WR), injured

Current Packers practice squad (last updated Sept. 24)

  • Micah Abernathy (S)
  • Ramiz Ahmed (K)
  • Shaun Beyer (TE)
  • Danny Etling (QB)
  • Benjie Franklin (DB)
  • Travis Fulgham (WR)
  • Tyler Goodson (RB)
  • La'Darius Hamilton (OLB) 
  • Jack Heflin (DL) 
  • Kobe Jones (OLB) 
  • Chris Slayton (DL)
  • DQ Thomas (ILB)
  • Kiondre Thomas (CB)
  • Ray Wilborn (ILB)
  • Juwann Winfree (WR)
  • (open spot)

Former practice squad members:Caleb Jones (OT), promotedMike Brown (S), released Sept. 22Patrick Taylor (RB), promoted

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

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