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Those covering the Green Bay Packers practice Monday were surprised to see Derrick Frost handling the punting duties. Incumbent Jon Ryan, whose job was not believed to be in jeopardy, was not on the field.
Well, the Packers just confirmed the news: Ryan was released Monday to make room for Frost. Also, the Packers signed long snapper Brett Goode to replace the injured J.J. Jansen. Linebacker Abdul Hodge was released to make room for Goode.
The departure of Ryan was not expected. He ranked sixth in the NFC last season with a 37.6-yard net average and he had decent averages during the preseason (48.0 gross, 37.7 net.) Frost's preseason numbers this summer with the Washington Redskins (45.5 gross, 32.3 net) didn't compare, but I'm sure the Packers had other reasons.
General Manager Ted Thompson is expected to address reporters later Monday afternoon.
UPDATE (5:30 p.m. ET): Discussing the decision to release Ryan, Thompson said: "I think we were just looking for a little bit more consistency." He described Frost as a mechanically sound punter.
UPDATE II (6:10 p.m. ET): Here is a link to a canada.com story in which Ryan said the move "came out of nowhere."