The Green Bay Packers’ already questionable secondary got a little thinner on Tuesday. The team released cornerback Makinton Dorleant after he failed a physical.
This is the second such move the Packers have made in recent weeks. After claiming defensive lineman Ego Ferguson off waivers from the Bears on April 3, the Packers released him on April 9 with the failed physical designation.
Maybe there’s actually a message in here: we’re not taking any chances in keeping injury-prone players around. As we all know, the Packers end up being an injury parade season after season.
And both guys fit the bill, with multiple recent injuries.
Dorleant injured his right knee in the season finale in Detroit. He was subsequently placed on injured reserve, which ironically, is where he started the season. Dorleant was chosen as the Packers’ designated returnee from injured reserve during the 2016 campaign, surprising many who thought that player would be either Sam Shields or Eddie Lacy.
Interestly, Dorleant was also arrested for disorderly conduct and public intoxication in Iowa on March 26. And while some might like to cite this as a convenient excuse to release Dorleant for that incident, we all know the Packers work on a sliding scale when it comes to off-the-field conduct.