The Green Bay Packers are still alive in the playoff hunt, and now have added some extra protection for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Green Bay announced it has claimed offensive guard Nico Siragusa off the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad on Wednesday. The move comes after the Packers placed offensive lineman Byron Bell on injured reserve.
Bell suffered a knee injury in Week 13 against the Arizona Cardinals, and didn't take the field this past weekend against the Atlanta Falcons.
Siragusa was a 2017 fourth-round by the Ravens out of San Diego State. His rookie season didn't go as planned, as he spent the entirety of the year on the injured reserve due to a knee injury suffered in training camp. This season, Siragusa remained on Baltimore's practice squad.
Packers sign G Nico Siragusa off Ravens practice squad https://t.co/nqlqfRbI7e— The Packers Wire (@ThePackersWire) December 12, 2018
The 24-year old guard started in 42 of his 54 games with the Aztecs, where he received All-American honors during his senior season.
Now, Siragusa will help shore up a depleted offensive line. With the Packers in the thick of things for the final NFC Wild Card spot, they needed to ensure Rodgers would remain upright through the final three games of the season. They believe Siragusa can help them achieve that task.