Thompson OK with having fewer than 90 players on roster

Ryan Wood
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Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson said he's stayed vigilant in maximizing the NFL's roster allowances, even if it doesn't appear that way.

Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson looks on during Packers Family Night at Lambeau Field on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015.

The Packers were the only team in the league to open training camp with fewer than the 90 players allowed on roster. They've practiced under the 90-player maximum every day in camp, including 87 on Wednesday.

Thompson said his team's three empty slots aren't for a lack of searching.

"It's just the way it's worked out," Thompson said. "We've had some guys that missed some practices, and then we brought some guys in, worked them out and sometimes it didn't work out great and that sort of thing. We also signed a couple guys, and they're doing a real nice job."

The Packers have signed undrafted rookie receiver Ed Williams and second-year cornerback Ryan White since training camp opened last month. They've released three players – punter Cody Mandell, and receivers Adrian Coxson and Ricky Collins.

Thompson's decision to maintain a roster short of the maximum is especially surprising because of the natural attrition of camp. The Packers were without eight players because of injury Wednesday. On Saturday, they practiced with 13 players out because of injury.

"Numbers of numbers," Thompson said, "but it's kind of a question of the time of day. Sometimes, we have a guy that we release or something, and then we sign somebody else later in the day, and then it nets out. You're still at 87, so it looks like we haven't done anything, but sometimes that's doing something." and follow him on Twitter @ByRyanWood

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