Jason Spriggs Out, Emanuel Byrd In
Tackle Jason Spriggs lasted all of one play in the Green Bay Packers’ loss to the Minnesota Vikings. He has now joined many a casualty in this Packers’ season and has been placed on injured reserve.
Spriggs injured his knee on that play and, although we don’t know exactly what the injury is yet, it’s obviously serious. This is the second time Spriggs has been sent to IR this season and ironically, the first time was after he suffered an injury after only one play in the season opener. He was just blocking on the special teams unit that time, however, not starting at right tackle.
And as you well know, the Packers’ original starting right tackle, Bryan Bulaga, is also on IR.
So going into the team’s meaningless final game against the Detroit Lions, the Packers will use guard Justin McCray at right tackle. He was originally the starter for Jahri Evans, who was also injured, last Saturday against the Vikings. When Spriggs went down, McCray shifted a spot right and Lucas Patrick came in.
What a shit show this has become!
Okay, McCray actually played well enough. Patrick was serviceable. And nothing about this season even matters, so who cares?
To replace Spriggs on the active roster, the Packers elevated tight end Emanuel Byrd from the practice squad. And that could very well be because the team is down to one tight end for the finale. Richard Rodgers was injured against the Vikings, so Lance Kendricks may be the only tight end on the roster who is healthy. But it’s not like Brett Hundley can get the ball to any tight end anyway, so it’s just a body.
We’ll say it once again. Mike McCarthy’s legacy will be injuries.