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Josh Boyd Heading to IR, Joe Thomas Coming Back

Josh Boyd

The ankle injury that defensive lineman Josh Boyd suffered against the Seattle Seahawks will be of the season-ending variety.

Boyd has a broken ankle and possible ligament damage. He’ll be placed on injured reserve, which will end his season.

With the roster spot, the Green Bay Packers will reportedly bring back inside linebacker Joe Thomas.

We had Thomas making the Packers’ final roster out of training camp, but he didn’t and wasn’t signed to the practice squad either. Instead, Thomas signed with the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad.

Interestingly, the Packers put another inside linebacker they cut — Carl Bradford — on their practice squad. Why they aren’t elevating him to the active roster instead of signing Thomas is a mystery to us.

It’s possible the Packers actually thought more of Thomas than Bradford, but that Thomas wanted a fresh start somewhere else.

At any rate, the Packers were down to three healthy inside linebackers after putting Sam Barrington on injured reserve last week. They are Clay Matthews, Nate Palmer and rookie Jake Ryan.

Ryan hasn’t played much outside of special teams, which suggests the Packers don’t think he’s ready for prime time.

Thomas, on the other hand, has a good opportunity to come in and get some playing time.

The Packers used Matthews extensively in coverage on Sunday night. Ideally, he’d be rushing the passer in passing situations and that’s where Thomas comes in.

He’s better in coverage than either Palmer or Ryan.

Now, what of the defensive line depth now that Boyd is gone?

That’s easy.

Letroy Guion will return from his suspension next week, so the Packers will get their numbers back up then.

Don’t expect Thomas to be released to make room for Guion, though. He’s guaranteed a minimum of three game checks since he was signed off another team’s practice squad.

Of course, we can just wait for next week’s season-ending injury to clear a roster spot for Letroy too.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. UpNorth September 21, 2015

    I don’t believe Guion is returning until the San Francisco game in Week 4 so our defensive line will be tested, but I’m rather confident in Pennel to pick up the slack. He’s looked better in each game while Raji and Daniels have also slowly improved.

    Always liked Thomas, though he is undersized which is never something I like in a MLB but at least the guy can hit and plays downhill. I doubt he can be any worse then what we throw out there now, and it will allow Matthews to rush the passer now and then again.

  2. PeruPack September 21, 2015

    I know this ship has sailed… but it’s late, I’m drowsy, and with all the def backs on the roster we aren’t using, I wonder what ILB Stephone Anthony whom the Saints took immediately after our pick, would have done for us. He’s got 11 tackles so far this year.

    1. Phatgzus September 22, 2015

      I would’ve liked the Packers to draft him, but 11 tackles isn’t shit from a M/ILB, and he sure as hell isn’t helping the Saints win games.

  3. TyKo Steamboat September 21, 2015

    Well fuck me, Kristine Leahy