Packers sign OT Ulrick John, place Kyle Murphy on injured reserve

Offensive line depth in dire shape due to injuries
Posted at 12:49 PM, Sep 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-26 14:50:50-04

The Packers are attempting to bolster depth on their decimated offensive line, officially announcing the signing of offensive tackle Ulrick John off the Arizona Cardinals' practice squad Tuesday.

The Packers also moved backup tackle Kyle Murphy to injured reserve.

John was drafted in 2014 by the Colts in the seventh round, and then spent a stint with the Miami Dolphins from 2015-2016. This season, he started twice at right tackle for Arizona and saw action in five total games.

The Packers are concerned about depth on their offensive line, after both starting offensive tackles and now a backup are injured.

Right tackle Bryan Bulaga, out the first two weeks with an ankle injury, seemed to aggravate the injury in his return Sunday. Murphy, who started on the left side against the Bengals, is now on injured reserve due to a foot injury. Meanwhile, starting left tackle David Bakhtiari has been out with a hamstring injury.

"Really, we've got a long list," Head Coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday morning. "If an individual doesn't get into the limited practice category today, I think he'd be hard-pressed to play in the game Thursday. And that's about as good as I can give you based on the information I have."

McCarthy said Tuesday's practice will be stripped down to just unit drills as a result of injury limitations.