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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Packers promote rookie tight end

By Rob Demovsky

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- With multiple injuries at receiver, the Green Bay Packers appear to be going heavy at the tight end position this week.

They promoted rookie Jake Stoneburner from the practice squad to the active roster on Tuesday, his agent, Eric Metz said.

The Packers already were at 53 players on their roster, so they will have to clear a spot before the move becomes official. It was not immediately known what corresponding roster move will be made.

With Stoneburner, an undrafted free agent from Ohio State who nearly made the team coming out of training camp, the Packers will have five tight ends on their roster. He joins Jermichael Finley, Andrew Quarless, Ryan Taylor and Brandon Bostick -- unless one of them is released.

An extra tight end could be one way the Packers combat the rash of injuries at receiver, where Randall Cobb is out indefinitely because of a fractured fibula and James Jones’ status for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns remains in doubt.

The 6-foot-3, 249-pound Stoneburner caught 13 touchdowns in 48 games (including 23 starts) over four years at Ohio State. He caught one touchdown pass this preseason.