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Packers officially end Nick Barnett's season

10/15/2010

The Green Bay Packers made it official Friday, placing linebacker Nick Barnett on injured reserve because of a wrist injury suffered Oct. 3. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Barnett's season was over a few days later, but Barnett spent some time investigating all of his options before finally deciding on major surgery Wednesday.

There is every reason to believe Barnett will seamlessly pick up his career next season, much like Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher did after suffering a similar injury in 2009. But for the rest of this season, the Packers are looking at the likelihood of Desmond Bishop serving as one of their two inside linebackers when they run their base 3-4 scheme.

The Packers used Barnett's roster spot to re-sign veteran defensive end Mike Montgomery, who spent five seasons with them before signing with the Minnesota Vikings as a free agent this spring. The Vikings released him last month, but with the Packers he'll provide depth behind injured defensive ends Ryan Pickett (ankle) and Mike Neal (shoulder).