Update: Like they did a couple seasons ago with Brian Brohm, the Buffalo Bills tried to sign Graham Harrell off the practice squad. Unlike Brohm, Harrell decided to accept a spot on the Packers roster, rather than the Bills.
It was only a matter of time before the Green Bay Packers put tight end Andrew Quarless on injured reserve. The question was who they’d promote from the practice squad.
That answer came today, when the Packers officially ended Quarless’ season and added quarterback Graham Harrell to the active roster. Harrell was one of the Packers last cuts this season and the team obviously saw value in him. They were paying him the maximum allowable salary for a practice squad player.
Some were wondering if the team would promote receiver Tori Gurley, an undrafted rookie who had a standout preseason, but the team likely didn’t see a role for him. Couple that with the fact quarterbacks have been dropping like flies around the league and it makes a lot of sense to promote Harrell.
Had he remained on the practice squad, any team could have plucked the former Texas Tech standout and added him to their active roster. While it’s unlikely a contending team like Houston would have done so, a quarterback-needy team that’s out of the playoff race might have plucked Harrell just to see what he can do.
As for Quarless, he suffered a knee injury against the Giants that will require surgery. Fortunately, the Packers also have Tom Crabtree, D.J. Williams and Ryan Taylor behind starter Jermichael Finley at tight end.