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Packers Place Muhammad Wilkerson On IR

We learned earlier this week that Packers defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson was done for the season after undergoing surgery. Today, the team officially placed the 28-year-old on the injured reserve, according to Packers.com. Cornerback Tony Brown has been promoted from the practice squad to take the open roster spot.

Wilkerson suffered some sort of ankle ailment last Sunday’s contest, and the injury has only been described as “significant.” It’s a tough blow for Wilkerson, who was looking to recoup his free agent value after two straight underwhelming seasons. The veteran signed a one-year, $5MM deal with the Packers this offseason, and he had the ability to make an additional $3MM via incentives. The former first-round pick failed to impress through his first three games with Green Bay, compiling only five tackles. For the time being, the team will have to turn to Dean Lowry to start alongside Mike Daniels.

Wilkerson was once one of the top defensive players in the NFL, but he’s seen a decline in production since inking a lucrative extension with the Jets back in 2016. Wilkerson reportedly had problems with effort, tardiness, and coaches during his last few years in New York. Last year, the lineman appeared in 13 games, but he graded as just the 50th-best interior defender in the league, per Pro Football Focus.

Brown, an undrafted free agent out of the University of Alabama, signed with the Packers’ practice squad after being cut by the Chargers. He was touted for his special teams ability during his time in college.

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Chargers Cut Roster To 53

The Chargers have moved their roster to 53 by making the following transactions:

Waived:

Waived/Injured:

Overall, not a ton of shockers here either. Spencer Pulley was the team’s starting center last year, but now finds himself cut. Rookie sixth-rounder Dylan Cantrell also failed to make the team. The Chargers elected to keep three quarterbacks, keeping Cardale Jones‘ roster spot safe for now.

Chargers Sign 21 Undrafted Free Agents

The Chargers have agreed to terms with the following 21 undrafted college free agents:

  • Tony Brown, CB (Alabama)
  • B.J. Clay, CB (Georgia State)
  • Zachary Crabtree, T, (Oklahoma State)
  • Chris Durant, T (William & Mary)
  • Marcus Edmond, CB, (Clemson)
  • Brandon Facyson, CB, (Virginia Tech)
  • Zack Golditch, G, (Colorado State)
  • Bijhon Jackson, DT, (Arkansas)
  • Albert Havili, DE, (Eastern Washington)
  • D’Juan Hines, LB, (Houston)
  • Cole Hunt, TE, (TCU)
  • Tevin Lawson, DE, (Nicolls State)
  • Ben Johnson, TE, (Kansas)
  • J.J. Jones, WR, (West Georgia)
  • Anthony Manzo-Lewis, FB, (Albany)
  • Detrez Newsome, RB, (Western Carolina)
  • Steven Richardson, DT, (Minnesota)
  • Nic Shimonek, QB, (Texas Tech)
  • Trenton Scott, G, (Grambling State)
  • Kent Shelby, WR, (McNeese State)
  • Shane Tripucka, P, (Texas A&M)