If you had hoped the Green Bay Packers would re-sign quarterback Joe Callahan to the practice squad after releasing him on Thursday, your hopes have been dashed.
The New Orleans Saints claimed Callahan on waivers, which means he will be on their active roster behind Drew Brees and Josh McCown.
The Packers released Callahan in order to make a still unknown roster move. The team does have the option of activating either defensive tackle Mike Pennel or cornerback Demetri Goodson, both of whom are eligible to return after four-game suspensions.
There’s also the question of running back depth or lack thereof. With Eddie Lacy and James Starks both listed as questionable, the Packers may be forced to use the roster spot to add another back.
As for Callahan, it’s what seems like a premature and bittersweet end to his brief Packers’ career. Callahan was one of the biggest stories of training camp, making the roster as an undrafted rookie out of Division III Wesley. Not only did he perform well, but he did so against the oppositions’ No. 1 defensive units, as Aaron Rodgers stood around and Brett Hundley was injured.
Overall, Callahan went 54-of-88 for 499 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. That’s not a line you’d expect from a rookie QB facing No. 1 defenses, much less an undrafted one who played at a Division III school.
You’ll be missed, you spunky little SOB.