Packers place long snapper Goode on IR

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By Tom Silverstein
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

GREEN BAY--Another week, another round of injuries.

So it goes for the Green Bay Packers, who placed long snapper Brett Goode on injured reserve with a hamstring injury Monday and were in the process of signing an offensive tackle to fill in for injured Kyle Murphy (foot).

The Packers announced that Taybor Pepper, who had been in the Packers’ program during the off season and in Baltimore’s training camp, was being signed to handle Goode’s duties.

The Packers found out Monday that Goode’s hamstring injury would sideline him at least a couple of weeks, which meant they had little choice but to put him on injured reserve, especially with a game Thursday night against the Chicago Bears on tap.

“Brett was hurt in the game yesterday,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “He gutted it out. We have history with Taybor and that’s how we’ll move forward.”

The Packers tried to replace Goode with a younger player during the offseason, first with Pepper and then with Derek Hart, but neither provided the consistency the Packers were looking for. Pepper was signed after last season, but the Packers cut him on May 8, deciding to go with Hart.

When Hart had trouble with his accuracy in training camp, the Packers rang up the 32-year old Goode, who was an unrestricted free agent waiting at his Arkansas home for a job offer.

Pepper will offer a lot more athleticism in coverage than Goode, but he’ll have a hard time matching his accuracy and consistency as a long snapper. Kicker Mason Crosby struggled mightily with Hart as his snapper, forcing the Packers to call up Goode and sign him to a one-year deal.

Goode is eligible to come off of injured reserve in eight weeks. The Packers have also placed offensive linemen Don Barclay and Jason Spriggs on injured reserve and are limited to returning two players to action.

The Packers’ injury report looked slightly better Monday even though the Packers did not practice. The Packers estimated the status of their injured and listed defensive tackle Mike Daniels (hip), left tackle David Bakhtiari (hamstring), receiver Randall Cobb (chest), linebacker Nick Perry (finger) and linebacker Jake Ryan (concussion/hamstring) as limited participants.

However, right tackle Bryan Bulaga (ankle) and left tackle Kyle Murphy (foot) were both listed as non-participants. Bulaga aggravated the ankle sprain he suffered in camp Aug. 23 against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday afternoon and did not return to the game.

He was playing in his first game since suffering in the injury.

Murphy made it through the entire game, but the foot injury he suffered complicates matters a lot. If he is out, even just for this week, the Packers have a serious depth problem.

As a result, they have signed tackle Ulrick John off the Arizona Cardinals practice squad, according to the Houston Chronicle. The 6-5, 307-pound John has played in five games with no starts in three-plus seasons in the NFL.

He was a seventh-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 2014 and spent his entire rookie year on injured reserve. He was on the Colts’ practice squad in ’15 and then was signed at mid-season by the Miami Dolphins.

He signed with Arizona in 2016, but wound up on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. He participated in Arizona’s training camp this summer but was released and then signed to the practice squad.

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