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The move seemed inevitable since last week, but Green Bay made it official Thursday morning by placing tight end Tory Humphrey on what is likely season-ending injured reserve. Humphrey broke his forearm Aug. 6 and underwent surgery the next day.
Donald Lee and Jermichael Finley have always figured to get the majority of playing time this season, but Humphrey was a valuable backup with proficiency in both the receiving and blocking areas of the position. Technically, Humphrey could play for the Packers this season if they subsequently waive him and then wait six weeks, but that type of roster move rarely occurs.
The loss could open a spot on the depth chart for second-year tight end Evan Moore, a gifted 6-foot-6 receiver. The Packers are also using first-year player Spencer Havner as a combination linebacker/tight end.