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Inexperienced Bay Packers place Devin Funchess on IR; WR hasn’t performed regular-season sport for group

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – It looks like Devin Funchess’ two seasons with the Packers will end without him ever playing in a regular season game. The team put him in reserve on Wednesday due to an ongoing Achilles tendon injury.

Funchess last played in an NFL game in Week 1 of the 2019 season when he broke his collarbone in his only game with the Indianapolis Colts.

Funchess made more headlines off the field than on this one after signing a $ 2.5 million one-year deal that included a $ 1 million signing bonus with the Packers in March 2020. He took the COVID-19 opt-out and played last season and then no longer earlier this month came under fire during a press conference for an anti-Asian comment and gesture.

If he were healthy, he would have been in the bladder for a squad spot. The Packers designed the Amari Rodgers receiver in the third round of that year and then swapped Randall Cobb for Randall Cobb at the request of Aaron Rodgers after the star quarterback returned to the team in July.

Funchess could only play again this season if he accepts and waives an injury report. He might be drawn to waivers or be eligible to sign with a team after his injury policy expires, but the Packers have no plans to bring him back.

The sixth-year receiver has 164 career catches for 2,265 yards and 21 touchdowns. All but three of those catches and 32 of those yards came with the Carolina Panthers, who drafted him in the second round in 2015 (# 41 overall).

The Packers also released recipient Chris Blair, who had been injured repeatedly during the off-season. They replaced Funchess and Blair on the roster with two defensive players: defensive lineman Abdullah Anderson (a former Chicago Bears free agent in 2018) and cornerback Stephen Denmark (a seventh round of the Bears in 2019). Anderson has appeared in seven NFL games (six with the Bears in 2019 and one with the Minnesota Vikings last year). Denmark has spent time with the Bears, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers but has never appeared in a game.


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