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Roster moves

by Mark Daniels

The injury to Aaron Rodgers has moved Seneca Wallace into the starting job and dominoed several roster moves by General Manager Ted Thompson.  In the past 24 hours, tight end Jermichael Finley and rookie linebacker Sam Barrington were placed on season ending injured reserve.  Finley isn't a surprise since he suffered the bruised spinal cord against the Browns last month.  Barrington suffered a serious hamstring injury against the Bears Monday night.  Former number one pick Derrek Sherrod was also moved from the physically unable to perform list to the active roster.  The offensive tackle hasn't been active since December of 2011 when he suffered the serious broken leg against the New York Giants.

That left one roster spot available and the Packers filled it this afternoon by activating quarterback Scott Tolzien from the practice squad.  Tolzien, a former Wisconsin Badger, spent two seasons as a backup in San Francisco before signing with Green Bay.  When a couple of teams inquired about him last week, the Packers increased his salary from the basic practice squad level to that of a minimum salary first year player.  Tolzien will backup Wallace while Rodgers recovers from the broken collarbone.  Estimates now have him missing anywhere from 4 to  6 weeks.  The Packers play four games over the course of the next 22 days, hosting Philadelphia Sunday, traveling to New York, hosting Minnesota and then spending Thanksgiving in Detroit, only three weeks from tomorrow.  It's unlikely Rodgers will be available until the Falcons game at Lambeau in early December.

Finally, Alex Gillett, a former small college quarterback who was in training camp as a wide receiver, was brought back onto the practice squad today.