The Green Bay Packers signed a linebacker to the 53-man roster a day after they ruled out De’Vondre Campbell for Thursday night’s game against the Detroit Lions.
Campbell is dealing with an ankle injury he sustained against the New Orleans Saints in Week 3. He missed all three practices this week. The Packers had to deal with a short turnaround with injuries from their Week 3 game on Sunday to their Week 4 contest on Thursday night.
The Green Bay Packers sign Kristian Welch
The Packers had an open spot on the roster available Thursday after they made the questionably tardy decision to place left tackle David Bakhtiari on injured reserve. According to a statement by the Packers, they’ve filled the spot with linebacker Kristian Welch, who had been on the practice squad.
Welch (6-3, 240), a fourth-year player out of the University of Iowa, joined the Packers’ practice squad on Aug. 31. He was originally signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2020. In three seasons, Welch played in 43 regular-season games and three postseason contests for the Ravens.
He has posted five tackles (four solo) on defense and 16 tackles on special teams during the regular season and two tackles on special teams during the postseason. In 2021, he tied for No. 2 on the team with a career-best nine special teams tackles and helped Baltimore’s unit rank No. 1 in Football Outsiders’ DVOA rating. Welch will wear No. 54 for the Packers.
The Packers will have a lot of injury adversity heading into Thursday’s game. Fortunately for the Packers, they are expected to have Christian Watson and Aaron Jones back on the field against the Lions.
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