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Packers bring in O-line help, downgrade Morgan Burnett

11/8/2014

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers have added depth on the offensive line, which could be an indication that one or both of their starting guards won't be available for Sunday night's game against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field.

They signed tackle Jamon Meredith on Saturday and placed receiver Kevin Dorsey on injured reserve. Dorsey sustained a foot injury in practice this week.

The Packers might need Meredith to suit up if guards T.J. Lang (ankle) and/or Josh Sitton (toe) can't play. Both were listed as questionable on Friday's injury report.

The Packers activate at least seven offensive linemen on game days and before Meredith's signing, they had eight on the roster, which would leave them one short if neither of the starting guards can go.

Meredith returns to the team that drafted him in the fifth round in 2009. However, he never played for the Packers. The Buffalo Bills signed him off the Packers' practice squad early in 2009. He played in 10 games for the Bills in 2009 and 2010 and went on to play for the Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts. He most recently played in four games for Indianapolis this season.

Also, the Packers downgraded safety Morgan Burnett from probable to questionable after Saturday's practice, leaving his status in doubt for Sunday's game. Burnett has not played since he sustained a calf injury late in the Oct. 19 game against the Carolina Panthers.