The Packers made a fistful of personnel moves Wednesday morning, most notably placing special-teams ace Derrick Martin on injured reserve. Martin suffered a knee injury late in the Green Bay's Week Five loss to the Redskins in which a number of players were banged up.
In addition to putting Martin on I.R., the Packers have signed LB Robert Francois to the active roster from the practice squad, signed S Michael Greco and LB Mike Rivera to the practice squad, and released LB Johnny Williams from the practice squad.
Francois, a 6-2, 255-pound first-year player out of Boston College, spent the final four weeks of the regular season and the playoffs on the Packers' practice squad in 2009. He was released by Green Bay in the final roster cutdown in September and has been on the practice squad for four of the five games this season. Francois entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Vikings in May 2009.
Greco, a 6-3, 224-pound rookie out of Central Florida, signed with the Giants in April 2010 as an undrafted free agent and was with the team during the preseason.
Rivera, a 6-2, 245-pound first-year player out of Kansas, spent the entire 2009 season on the Titans' practice squad and was with the Titans during the preseason this year. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Bears in May 2009.
The way we see it
With Martin done for the season, somebody is going to step up and take charge on special teams. The most likely candidates are rookie TE Tom Crabtree and FB Korey Hall, who had a team-leading three special-teams tackles against the Redskins.