The Green Bay Packers have signed outside linebacker Vic So’oto to the 53-man roster after right tackle Bryan Bulaga was placed on injured reserve with a hip injury.
So’oto was signed by the Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2011. The second-year player looked great in training camp, as it appeared general manager Ted Thompson had once again found another undrafted gem.
Unfortunately, So’oto injured his back in pre-season and missed several games due to the injury. He eventually found his way on to special teams and played in seven games with Green Bay last season in which he posted seven tackles and one sack.
The Packers were forced to place So’oto on injured reserve on Aug. 31 of this year and the team released him 11 days later with an injury settlement. So’oto signed with the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 25 to give the team more depth at the linebacker position. In four games with the Raiders, he recorded one tackle.
Oakland recently released So’oto from the active roster. Since Green Bay has lost substantial depth at the linebacker position, especially with rookie Nick Perry out for the season and Clay Matthews scheduled to miss a couple games due to a hamstring injury, the Packers have brought So’oto back. It is unknown how much action he will see but the fact he was signed means Green Bay feels they will need him.
Personally, I am fond of So’oto and I am glad to see him back on the team. He has a great work ethic and displayed plenty of potential while he was with the Packers last season. So’oto will share playing time with starter Erik Walden, Dezman Moses and Frank Zombo who recently returned to the team.
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