NFL Nation: Jumal Rolle

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Kevin Dorsey showed significant progress as a receiver in training camp this summer, but he may have been promoted to the Green Bay Packers roster on Monday for another reason: his special-teams play.

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As the preseason progressed, Dorsey saw increased practice and game reps on coordinator Shawn Slocum's top special-teams units. By the end of camp, Dorsey had received significant work on the No. 1 punt return, kickoff return and kickoff coverage teams. He also was the No. 2 kickoff returner. He returned five kickoffs in preseason games and averaged 22.4 yards, including a long return of 27 yards.

Dorsey, a seventh-round draft pick in 2013, spent the first five weeks of the season on the practice squad after spending all of his rookie season on injured reserve.

He took the roster spot of tight end Ryan Taylor, who was released on Monday.

It also could be an indication that receiver Jarrett Boykin's groin injury is slow to heal. Boykin, the team’s No. 3 receiver, has missed the past two games and is one of the team's few injury concerns heading into Sunday's game at the Miami Dolphins.

The Packers replaced Dorsey on the practice squad with cornerback Tay Glover-Wright from Utah State. He spent part of training camp with the Atlanta Falcons, who signed him as a rookie free agent in May.

The Packers are still two short on their practice squad after losing cornerback Jumal Rolle to the Houston Texans and promoting defensive tackle Luther Robinson last week.

The Packers also had the following players in for tryouts on Monday: receiver Jeremy Gallon (Michigan), defensive tackle AJ Pataiali'i (Utah State), tight end Jacob Pedersen (Wisconsin), receiver Eric Thomas (Troy) running back Dominique Williams (Wagner) and linebacker Chris Young (Arizona State). Pederson is from nearby Menominee, Michigan. Gallon was a seventh-round pick of the Patriots this year.
GREEN BAY, Wis. – On the same day that rookie receiver Jared Abbrederis learned that his season was over because of a knee injury, the Green Bay Packers had two other injury scares during their annual Family Night event at Lambeau Field.

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One of them, to rookie tight end Colt Lyerla, was potentially serious.

On the other, to veteran nose tackle B.J. Raji, the Packers appear to have gotten lucky.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy decided not to scrimmage on Family Night, but rather just hold a regular training camp practice. There is no live tackling in McCarthy's practices.

Lyerla wouldn't specify his exact injury, but he had crutches in his locker. He would only call it a leg injury and when he was not using the crutches, he walked slowly and with a limp. The injury occurred on one of Lyerla's biggest -- and perhaps most unwise -- plays of training camp.

After he caught a pass from Matt Flynn, Lyerla hurdled cornerback Jumal Rolle and got drilled by cornerback Jarrett Bush before he hit the ground.

"I was just trying to make a play," Lyerla said.

Perhaps he felt he the need to do so after a slow start in his return to football after leaving the University of Oregon midway through last season.

"The first couple days were a little bit of a slow start but after Week 1, I feel like I've made a lot of leaps and bounds," said Lyerla, who was signed after a tryout in May.

Many in the crowd of 67,336 -- a Family Night record -- were probably holding their breath when Raji appeared to injury his right ankle. He did not return to the practice but afterward said he was only scheduled to play one more snap.

"I'm fine; I just got rolled up on in one of the passing drills," Raji said. "But after the initial shock of it, I was able to walk it off, and I felt like I'll be OK."

Raji said he expected to be able to practice when training camp resumes Monday.

McCarthy said he had no injury information.

Packers' inactives: No more drama

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A week after quarterback Aaron Rodgers and receiver Randall Cobb returned from long injury absences, there was no drama among the Green Bay Packers’ inactives for Sunday’s NFC wild-card playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field.

Other than linebacker Clay Matthews, who was ruled out early in the week because of his broken thumb, the Packers had a healthy roster to choose from for their 46-man game-day roster.

Linebacker Brad Jones, who was listed as probable on the injury report, returned a week after missing the regular-season finale against the Chicago Bears because of an ankle injury.

The Packers also decided to dress only two quarterbacks this week, Rodgers and Matt Flynn. Against the Bears, Scott Tolzien was active as the third quarterback in Rodgers' return from his fractured collarbone.

The biggest news among the inactives came from the 49ers, who will be without cornerback Carlos Rogers.

Here’s the Packers full inactive list:

Packers inactives: Cobb good to go

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CHICAGO -- The Green Bay Packers did not add Randall Cobb to the 53-man roster on Saturday so that he could sit on the bench. A day after he came off the temporary injured reserve list, Cobb will play against the Chicago Bears.

It will be his first action since he broke the tibia in his right leg on Oct. 13 against the Baltimore Ravens.

With the return of Aaron Rodgers from his Nov. 4 broken collarbone, the Packers kept all three quarterbacks – Rodgers, Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien – active.

The only surprise on the inactive list was linebacker Brad Jones. He was listed as probable on the injury report after he returned to practice on Friday, albeit on a limited basis because of an ankle injury. Jamari Lattimore will start in Jones’ place.

At outside linebacker, rookie Andy Mulumba and Mike Neal will be the starters in place of Clay Matthews (thumb) and Nick Perry, who is active.

Defensive end Jerel Worthy is active for only the second time since coming off the physically unable to perform list on Nov. 23.

Here’s the full inactive list:
Most significant move: The fact the Saints didn’t release or put Jonathan Vilma on injured reserve or the physically unable to perform list is a very strong sign that the veteran linebacker is expected to be healthy early in the season. That’s very significant. Vilma may be nearing the end of his career, but he still is the emotional leader of this defense and his mere presence makes this unit stronger.

Going in a different direction: Courtney Roby had been a fixture on special teams since his arrival in 2008. But the Saints have some younger, more athletic guys, like Rafael Bush, they want to get involved on special teams. Roby’s value also was hurt by the fact he brought little as a wide receiver. The team elected to keep Andy Tanner over Roby because Tanner has some upside as a receiver.

What’s next: After losing outside linebackers Will Smith and Victor Butler to injuries, the Saints could look at the waiver wire to add some more help for the pass rush.

Saints moves: Released WR Courtney Roby, DE Jay Richardson, CB Chris Carr, S Jim Leonhard. Waived QB Ryan Griffin, WR Preston Parker, FB Austin Johnson, WR, Saalim Hakim, G Elliott Mealer, TE Keavon Milton, TE Michael Higgins, G Andrew Tiller, C Jeremiah Warren, LB Ray Shipman, LB Rufus Johnson, DT Isaako Aaitui, S Jerico Nelson, LB Baraka Atkins, T Marcel Jones, CB Korey Lindsey and CB Jumal Rolle. Placed C Eric Olsen on injured reserve.

Saints make roster moves

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The New Orleans Saints apparently are holding out hope that outside linebacker Victor Butler might be able to return later this season.

They placed Butler on the physically unable to perform list. That means Butler, who tore his ACL in the offseason program, could be eligible to return after Week 6. That still seems like a long shot, but the Saints know Butler’s medical situation better than we do.

In addition to placing Butler on PUP, the Saints placed linebacker Will Smith, receiver Joe Morgan and linebacker Chris Chamberlain on injured reserve. The Saints also waived linebacker Eric Martin, safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah and receiver Tim Toone.

The Saints also claimed cornerback Jumal Rolle off waivers from Buffalo. That leaves the roster at 75. Teams have to get down to 53 players by Saturday evening.
After being flagged nine times in their preseason opener, penalties became an even bigger problem for the Buffalo Bills in last Friday's win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Called for 14 accepted penalties in that game, the Bills have been penalized 23 times through two preseason games, the most of any NFL team.

While it's not a distinction the Bills want, head coach Doug Marrone stressed after Friday's game that all penalties aren't created equally. In some cases, flags thrown for over-aggressive play can be tolerated, he said.

"I think people tend to look at the number at the end of the game. I tend to cut them all out and evaluate them all," Marrone said. "Was this forced by us just being aggressive? Is it a penalty forced on us not being focused? I think you have to manage those as a coach because you can overmanage a situation and lose that aggressiveness in a player."

Several of the Bills' penalties through two games fall into that category. First-year defensive backs Nickell Robey (offside, defensive pass interference), Jumal Rolle (holding, twice), and Dominique Ellis (illegal block above the waist, twice) have all been flagged multiple times this preseason, and their infractions can be attributed to their inexperience.

But some flags, like a holding penalty by guard Colin Brown in the red zone, have come at critical times.

"When we work on those drills and we work on those situations we have to constantly remind ourselves of that and really up our focus because we don’t want any penalties down there [in the red zone], and they hurt," Marrone said.

Regardless of the situation, some other penalties have been inexcusable: Second-year cornerback Ron Brooks was called for taunting in the preseason opener, while fourth-year receiver Marcus Easley was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct against the Vikings.

"I get very upset; the players know I get very upset, with more of the unforced errors," Marrone said. "Meaning that, not trying to make a play through a ball, but jumping offside and things like that. Those are things you can truly control and I think that’s where I would use the word frustration."

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