Packers lose Meredith to Bills

OT Jamon Meredith (AP)

The fifth-round pick, who was viewed as the possible heir to left tackle Chad Clifton, is signed off the practice squad by Buffalo.

In April, the Packers used a fifth-round draft pick on Jamon Meredith, who was seen as a possible heir apparent at left tackle for Chad Clifton.

On Tuesday, that possibility disappeared when the Buffalo Bills signed Meredith off the Packers' practice squad. Neither the Bills nor the Packers have announced the transaction, but a league source confirmed the move.

The Bills are scrambling for offensive line help after starting right tackle Brad Butler suffered a season-ending knee injury on Sunday against Tampa Bay.

The Packers' line, of course, is in a state of turmoil after Clifton went down with an ankle injury last week. Daryn Colledge figures to start for Clifton, though he was abused by Cincinnati's Antwan Odom.

Asked on Monday whether Meredith could eventually get into the mix if Clifton were to be out for a long period, offensive line coach James Campen said: "Jamon's coming along great. He's done a good job these last two weeks on the practice squad."

The Packers could have promoted Meredith to their active roster — just as they did with linebacker Danny Lansanah early last season — but elected not to. The team seemed high on Meredith, an intelligent and athletic prospect who had most of the traits to play left tackle. His technique was raw and he needed to get stronger, both of which could have been accomplished with a year on the practice squad.


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