The Green Bay Packers have activated tight end Andrew Quarless to the 53-man roster after they placed rookie linebacker Nick Perry on injured reserve. Perry is done for the season after undergoing surgery on his left wrist.
Perry suffered a wrist injury in Green Bay’s victory against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 13, as well as, a knee injury in a win over the Houston Texans on Oct. 14. The first round draft pick sat out the last three games rehabilitating his knee and felt like he was ready to compete after the bye week.
The outside linebacker has played with a protective cast on his wrist, which led several people to believe it was not a severe injury. Unfortunately, Perry found out his wrist was more damaged than anticipated after he sought a second opinion. This forced him to undergo surgery in which he must now sit out the rest of the year while his wrist heals properly. It is certainly disappointing for not only Perry but also the Packers as they felt he was making progress.
By placing Perry on injured reserve, Green Bay opened a slot on the 53-man roster that Quarless will officially fill. The third year player suffered a torn MCL and ACL in a dramatic win over the New York Giants last December. As expected, it took Quarless all the way up until three weeks ago to heal properly and be in football shape.
The 24-year-old is known as the top blocking tight end on the team and typically sees action when Green Bay is going to run the ball. However, he has also hauled in 24 receptions for 274 yards and one touchdown in 23 games.
With Quarless back on the team, the Packers will field five tight ends on a weekly basis. The other four are Jermichael Finley, Tom Crabtree, Ryan Taylor, and D.J. Williams.
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