Packers promote LB Francois, CB Gordy from practice squad

Posted Dec. 01, 2010 @ 1:53 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

One day after placing two more players on injured reserve, the Packers signed LB Robert Francois and CB Josh Gordy to the active roster from the practice squad and signed WR Terrance Smith and LB-DE Curtis Young to the practice squad. 

Francois, a 6-2, 255-pound first-year player out of Boston College who has been with the Packers for 10 games this season (four on the active roster and six on the practice squad), and Gordy, a 5-11, 195-pound rookie out of Central Michigan who has been on Green Bay’s practice squad for the past 10 games, will fill the roster spots that opened Tuesday when LB Brandon Chillar and TE Spencer Havner were placed on injured reserve.

Smith, a 6-0, 195-pound rookie out of South Carolina State, had signed with the Jacksonville Sharks of the AFL, but their season had yet to begin. He posted 40 catches for 542 yards (13.6 avg.) and four touchdowns as a senior for the Bulldogs.

Young, a 6-1, 270-pound rookie out of Cincinnati, appeared in one game this season for the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the UFL. He registered 50 tackles, including 11 stops for loss, as a senior for the Bearcats.

The way we see it

Look for Francois and Gordy to make their main contributions on special teams. Gordy’s promotion will also result in Jarrett Bush likely playing more safety than cornerback because of the injuries currently limiting safeties Atari Bigby and Anthony Smith.