We didn’t even consider the possibility that the Green Bay Packers would use their designation to return from injured reserve on anyone other than Sam Shields or Eddie Lacy. Perhaps this is a sign that they’re giving up on the season. They activated rookie cornerback Makinton Dorleant from injured reserve instead.
You might also suggest the move came because the Packers are desperate for cornerback depth. After Demetri Goodson’s knee blew up last week, he is expected to go on injured reserve. Dorleant would take his place on the active roster.
That notion probably doesn’t hold much water, though.
The Packers already have one undrafted rookie cornerback — Josh Hawkins — who they don’t use on defense. Dorleant is also an undrafted rookie and he has even less experience than Hawkins. Dorleant missed a large portion of training camp and hasn’t had any regular season action.
As for Lacy, he said last week he was nearing a return and still thought he could play this season. The Packers obviously thought not and, since this is the last year of his contract, we may have seen the last of Lacy in Green Bay.
Shields, meanwhile, expressed optimism that he would return the minimum eight weeks after going on injured reserve. That would have put him back on the field in December, much sooner than Lacy’s January timetable.
Considering Shields is still dealing with something related to a concussion he suffered in week 1, his career is probably over.