Packers to sign Ulrick John with top three offensive tackles banged up
With their top three offensive tackles on the injury list — and two others already on injured reserve — the Packers will sign Ulrick John off the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad, his agent told ESPN.
The move is a sign the Packers have serious concerns about the availability of Bryan Bulaga (ankle), David Bakhtiari (hamstring) and Kyle Murphy (foot).
All three were on Monday’s injury report, leaving their status for Thursday night’s game against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field up in the air.
It’s a tough situation for them, said John’s agent, Leonard Roth. They might even have him active for the game.
Chris Jones, DE, Chiefs: A second-round pick in last year’s draft, the Mississippi State product had just two sacks as a rookie. Jones eclipsed that total with three sacks in last Sunday’s win over the Eagles and was the AFC Defensive Player of the Week. His three sacks puts him in a tie for third behind the Cowboys’ Demarcus Lawrence and Jaguars’ Calais Campbell, who have four.
Adam Thielen, WR, Vikings: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown leads the league with 244 receiving yards on 16 receptions, but Thielen is right behind him. Undrafted out of Minnesota State in 2013, Thielen has 14 receptions for 201 yards in two games. He had just 281 yards on 20 catches through his first two NFL seasons before a breakout campaign last season, when he caught 69 passes for 967 yards and five touchdowns.
Brandon Carr, CB, Ravens: Entering 2017, Carr had just one interception the last three seasons while appearing in every game for the Cowboys. That lone pick came last season, but the new Ravens cornerback has one in each game this season. He and teammate Lardarius Webb, who also has two interceptions, are the only players in the league with more than one interception. One more pick for Webb will give him more than two for just the second time in his nine-year career (he had five in 2011).