GREEN BAY – One Sunday with just four defensive linemen on the 46-man game-day roster was apparently enough for the Green Bay Packers.
After getting by in last Sunday’s 27-20 victory over Detroit with Ryan Pickett, B.J. Raji, Mike Daniels and Jerel Worthy as their only four active linemen, the Packers opted to add some insurance for this Sunday’s game at Chicago by promoting defensive tackle Jordan Miller from the practice squad. To make room on the 53-man roster, the Packers release outside linebacker Vic So’oto, who was active for the victory over the Lions but did not play. He saw action in one game in his second go-round with the team.
The 6-foot-1, 309-pound Miller, signed with the practice squad on Oct. 23. An undrafted free agent from Southern University last year, he spent the first 15 games last season on Chicago’s practice squad before being signed to the Bears’ active roster for the season finale, for which he was inactive. Miller was with the Bears during the 2012 preseason until he was released on Aug. 31, 2012.
It’s unclear whether defensive ends C.J. Wilson (knee) and Mike Neal (shoulder) will be cleared to play against the Bears, so Miller gives them a body they lacked against the Lions.
Defensive line coach Mike Trgovac said on Friday that Miller could play both end or tackle in the Packers’ scheme and that he wanted to see more.
“It’s hard to measure (how good he is) because he doesn’t get a lot of our defensive snaps. With all of our injuries, the poor kid’s dead after practice,” Trgovac said. “He’s playing offensive line (on the scout team) and he plays defensive line (on the scout team).
“He’s a good football player. He’s got some good skills to him. We haven’t had the time to train him on our stuff. I think he can be a good little pass rusher in there. He’s got some good skills with his hands and his hips. Let’s put it this way: In the drills and stuff like that, I like what I see. I would want to reserve my call until I see him in a game.”
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