With the roster spot they gained from releasing defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, the Packers activated defensive tackle Justin Harrell off their physically unable to perform list.
Harrell, Green Bay’s 2007 first-round pick, underwent two surgeries earlier this year for herniated discs in his back. When he began practicing two weeks ago, the Packers were impressed at what they saw. On Saturday they made the difficult decision to waive Gbaja-Biamila and activate Harrell.
Of course there was always the possibility it could be coming. On Friday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters: “We’ve got some decisions that we need to make today and tomorrow. Special teams will probably be the driving force of the decisions when it comes between who is up and down. That’s what we’ll meet on today, and Justin’s situation is part of that conversation.”
Now he is more a part of the Packers’ conversation and Green Bay is hoping he can solidify the center of its defensive line not only Sunday against Tennessee but against any future opponent.