NFC North: Cyril Obiozor

Packers add linebacker

December, 7, 2009
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay made a minor roster move prior to Monday night’s game, promoting practice squad linebacker Cyril Obiozor to the active roster. To make room for Obiozor, the Packers placed linebacker Aaron Kampman (knee) on injured reserve.

Kampman had been destined for injured reserve since tests revealed he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee two weeks ago. Obiozor, an undrafted rookie from Texas A&M, was a training camp surprise and nearly made the Week 1 roster. The timing of the move makes it likely he will play against Baltimore.

Posted by’s Kevin Seifert

Green Bay’s eight-man practice squad includes quarterback Brian Brohm, who will get more time to develop after his unexpected release Saturday. Suffice it to say, none of the other 31 NFL teams thought enough of Brohm to claim him on waivers. So for the immediate future, it appears the Packers will go with only two quarterbacks -- Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn -- on their active roster.

Speaking to reporters in Green Bay, general manager Ted Thompson said "nobody has given up on anybody" and said he is not in the market to acquire another quarterback.

Meanwhile, Green Bay lost rookie tailback Tyrell Sutton to Carolina but did get second-year tailback Kregg Lumpkin onto their practice squad. Sutton was released in part because the Packers decided to keep three fullbacks on their roster.
Thompson: "It's a little bit unusual but we felt like there was value in all of those guys. Korey [Hall] and John [Kuhn], who have been with us, are excellent special-teams players, good fullbacks, and we think Quinn Johnson has the ability to be a special player. Again, that cost roster spots in other areas that wouldn't normally happen but we felt like it was worth it."

Along with Brohm and Lumpkin, here is the remainder of the Packers’ practice squad:
Posted by's Kevin Seifert

We've spent so much time discussing quarterback Jay Cutler, defensive tackle Tommie Harris and the state of Chicago's secondary that we've hardly mentioned the summer of Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher -- a key to any successful season the Bears might have.

Urlacher seemed a lot less surly during the days I spent in Bourbonnais, Ill., last week. And reports from those who watched every practice of training camp suggest Urlacher, at the very least, seems unencumbered by the physical ailments that have limited him in recent years.

In his camp wrap-up piece, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times notes that Urlacher is "moving like he did a couple of years ago." A healthy offseason allowed Urlacher to train vigorously rather than focus on rehabilitation.

If he remains healthy and happy, Urlacher could be on his way to a revitalized season.

Continuing around the NFC North: