Here comes Tra Carson

Packers promote RB to roster

Mike Clemens
October 05, 2019 - 5:02 pm

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Dallas, TX -  "I'm a big Tra Carson fan."

That's what Packers left tackle David Bahktiari said Tuesday afternoon on The BIG SHOW on AM1250/105.7FM The FAN, Milwaukee.

It was a clue of moves to be made regarding the Packers roster. 

On Saturday running back Tra Carson was promoted from the practice squad to the Packers 53-man roster.

Defensive lineman Fadol Brown was released. Brown missed much of training camp with a nagging calf injury. He may have been targeted for missed tackles as the Packers run defense allowed over 500 - plus yards rushing the past three weeks. 

Packers running back Jamaal Williams was knocked out of the game last week against the Eagles on his first carry, thanks to a late helmet - to - helmet hit by Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett. That left only Aaron Jones at running back, and fullback Danny Vitale in the backfield behind Aaron Rodgers. 

If Jones went down in the Eagles game, back-up quarterback Tim Boyle would have been the emergency running back. 

On Saturday, it was reported Barnett was fined $28,075.00 by the NFL for the late hit on Williams.

Inactive for the Eagles game was Dexter Williams, the rookie running back out of Notre Dame selected by Green Bay in the sixth round. 

"Dexter is a good runner. But he needs to be more decisive, and know the playbook," said Bahktiari on WSSP. 

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur has been critical of Dexter Williams' pass protection duties at running back. "A work in progress."

GM Brian Gutenkunst agreed in late August during a training camp press conference. "There's a lot of twitch in Dexter's game. But he's got a ways to go." 

Tra Carson, 26, is 5-foot-11, 226 lbs. running back out of Texas A&M who was signed undrafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2016, but spent most of his time dealing with injuries. He was signed late last year by the Packers after being released by the Bengals. 

Carson competed neck-and-neck with Dexter Williams during the preseason games this summer, but the team kept the rookie on the roster, and stashed Carson on the practice squad. 

Carson will now be on the roster and likely active as the Packers face the Cowboys at 3:25pm Sunday at AT&T Stadium. 


In a rare Saturday injury update posting, the Packers announced that cornerback Kevin King has been upgraded from "doubtful" to "questionable" for the Cowboys game. King deflected several passes intended for Eagles receiver Alshon Jeffery before leaving the game with a groin injury that left him out of this week's practices in Green Bay. 

Mike Clemens @MikeClemensNFL covers the Packers & NFL statewide on The Bill Michaels Show and on AM1250/105.7 FM The FAN, Milwaukee