The Packers announced Friday that they have officially placed LB Nick Barnett (wrist) on injured reserve, and signed DE Michael Montgomery to take his place on the roster.
Barnett originally injured his wrist in Green Bay's Week Four win over the Lions. The linebacker spent time looking into other options before deciding to have season-ending surgery on Wednesday.
LB Desmond Bishop started in place of Barnett in Week Five and recorded 13 tackles, a sack and a pass deflection.
Montgomery was selected by the Packers in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL draft out of Texas A&M. He played 56 games for Green Bay from 2005-09, registering 123 tackles and five sacks. He signed with the Vikings in March but was released in early September during the team's final cuts.
The way we see it
The Packers will feel the loss of Barnett, who led the team in tackles (105) last season. While it dosen't make up for the loss of one of their best defensive players, Bishop did perform well last week in Barnett's absence.
Montgomery is a familiar face in Green Bay and will help with depth on a Packers team that has suffered numerous injuries.