Havner, Chillar Mean 13 on IR

To fill one of the spots, the Packers will bring linebacker Robert Francois from the practice squad.

Lucky No. 13?

Hardly.

The Green Bay Packers placed nickel linebacker Brandon Chillar (shoulder) and tight end Spencer Havner (hamstring) on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday. They are the 12th and 13th players on the list.

The Packers will promote linebacker Robert Francois from the practice squad to fill one of the spots, according to a league source.

Chillar played in eight games with one start (the opener at Philadelphia) and recorded the first interception of his career in Week 2 against Buffalo. He missed three games earlier in the season with the injury, which he has said will need surgery. He aggravated the injury on a kickoff against Atlanta.

Chillar would have played a valuable role on Sunday against the 49ers' star tight end, Vernon Davis. Davis ranks eighth among NFL tight ends with 40 catches, seven with four touchdowns and sixth with seven gains of at least 20 yards.

Injured on the same kickoff was Havner, who reinjured the hamstring that cost him a roster spot with Detroit. Havner, who was active for the first time since being re-signed, will not need surgery but would not have healed in time to contribute this season.

Francois has played in three games, with two tackles on special teams. His most noteworthy play was the controversial alignment penalty on a punt that allowed the Dolphins to score a key touchdown.


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