Thompson to IR; Toribio Promoted
Jeremy Thompson
Jeremy Thompson
Posted Dec 30, 2009

The Packers put outside linebacker Jeremy Thompson on season-ending injured reserve on Wednesday. He has been unable to regain strength following a neck injury at practice earlier this month.

Jeremy Thompson’s season officially is over.

The Packers placed the outside linebacker on season-ending injured reserve on Wednesday and replaced him with practice squad defensive lineman Anthony Toribio.

The move wasn’t a surprise. Thompson told Packer Report on Friday that he wouldn’t be able to return to help the team in the playoffs. Three-and-a-half weeks ago, Thompson was taken to the hospital after suffering a neck injury at practice.

He continues to battle weakness in his right arm because of a nerve injury, and he’s hoping rest and rehab will allow him to avoid surgery to remove a bulging disc that’s pressing against the problematic nerve.

Toribio, a first-year player from Carson-Newman, was signed to the practice squad on Nov. 13, 2008, and spent the final two games of last season on the active roster — though he was a gameday inactive against Chicago and Detroit.

He’ll provide depth for a defensive line that has been without Ryan Pickett (hamstring).

Receiver Khalil Jones was signed to take Toribio’s spot on the practice squad. He spent training camp with the Falcons. He caught 13 passes in four seasons and ran track for the Hurricanes.

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