Packers elevate LB Tipa Galeai from practice squad to active roster

The team also placed LB Whitney Mercilus on injured reserve.

With Whitney Mercilus headed to injured reserve due to a torn biceps, and with Za'Darius Smith still seemingly a few weeks away yet from being able to return after back surgery, the Packers needed to do something to bolster their depth at outside linebacker. 

No, they are not brining back Clay Matthews. 

They are, however, elevating Tipa Galeai from practice squad to the active roster and bringing back La’Darius Hamilton, to the practice squad this time. 

Galeai originally signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent out of Utah State in 2020 and has been on Green Bay’s practice squad over the past two seasons, appearing in one game last season as a gameday elevation. He has flashed some pass rush ability the last two summers, though there are legitimate concerns about his ability to hold up in the run game. 

Hamilton, a 6-2, 261-pound, first-year player out of the University of North Texas, rejoins the Packers. He was signed by Green Bay off of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ practice squad on Sept. 17 and appeared in three games for the Packers before being released on Nov. 13.

The Packers also signed running back Kerrith Whyte for depth at the position while Aaron Jones is out with an MCL injury. 

Whyte is a 5-10, 204-pound, second-year player out of Florida Atlantic University who was originally selected by the Chicago Bears in the seventh round (No. 222 overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he was signed off the Bears’ practice squad by the Pittsburgh Steelers and went on to appear in six games in 2019, rushing 24 times for 122 yards (5.1 avg.) and catching a pass for 9 yards. After being released by the Steelers following the 2020 training camp, Whyte went on to spend time last season on the Detroit Lions’ practice squad and then was with the Buffalo Bills during the 2021 training camp and had a stint on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad earlier this season. 

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packer132's picture

November 16, 2021 at 06:14 pm

It's hard to say who will emerge, as the injuries to Mercilus and Gary will hurt. Tipa has been with the team for almost two years (practice squad) and knows the playbook. Hamilton is bigger though was inactive for the couple of weeks he was with Green Bay before being released. The Vikings will be a tough game with Cook, Jefferson, Thielen, and Cousins. Minnesota lost by 1 point to Arizona and lost in overtime to the Bengals and Ravens. They have been in every game, and could easily be 7-2. There is no gimme in the NFL, as the Bills, Bucs, Ravens, and Rams just lost when they were expected to win. I predict Packers 31-27.

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Packers0808's picture

November 16, 2021 at 06:20 pm

Unfortunately lots of injuries on bright side most next guy up have been up to the call. Let us hope this continues!

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Lphill's picture

November 16, 2021 at 07:23 pm

Mercilus was having himself a game too , how sad for him .

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Matt Gonzales's picture

November 16, 2021 at 08:24 pm

Agreed. I didn't expect him to stay after this year, but he showed he still had some tread on those tires and he is a supremely high-character guy. I hope he can latch on somewhere next year if he decides to keep playing.

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PewAuKeeFan's picture

November 16, 2021 at 09:42 pm

Kerrith Whyte will probably take over kick return duties.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

November 17, 2021 at 06:37 am

Signing Galeai to the 53 man roster is interesting. He could have been promoted from the PS twice without signing him to the active roster. With the signing, GB has 53 players on the 53 and 16 on the PS.

So that means they wanted to keep those 16 guys on the PS. And what happens if Gileai isn't ready for prime time? Moreover, they have a slew of guys on IR who we hope are returning at some point: Jaire, ZaDarius, and Josh Myers are the most likely candidates.

Gileai would have to pass through waivers if he isn't ready. Well, if he isn't ready, that probably won't be a problem. The other candidates for a release or an injury that requires going on IR (cough, cough) include Dafney, Tyler Davis, Jake Hanson, Vernon Scott, ESB, maybe Jack Heflin (my crush!), Yiadom or one of the Taylors - Malik or Patrick.

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Coldworld's picture

November 17, 2021 at 10:48 am

At this point Galeai is a pure speed rusher. We don’t have one, but we have in the past had Fackrell, who was a passing down rush or cover piece. Galeai is exciting as a rushing talent. He becomes a situational piece and ST candidate. A bit like Burks has been—he’s the guy who they’ve used as the speed rusher, not particularly successfully from the outside. It’s an upgrade on that first a handful of snaps.

Expect more DL snaps and more blitzed as a corollary unless Galeai is now considered a viable coverage player (he wasn’t in camp).

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

November 18, 2021 at 07:13 am

I agree with all that you wrote. My point was that the Packers could have left Galeai on the PS (protecting him if necessary) and brought him up on game days a few times in order to see what they have in him at the NFL level. If he is not good enough, they could leave him on the PS without having him go through waivers.

If he's terrible, there is no issue. If he is a revelation, there is no issue. If he flashes but isn't quite there, eh, maybe some awful team takes a chance on him.

I am remembering the rave reviews he got in TC in 2020. Now it transpired that the Packers did not have him work against any starters, just 2nd tier guys. He had a quiet TC in 2021, so the PS was not a surprise.

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WestWi_Packfan's picture

November 17, 2021 at 10:32 pm

Release Patrick when he's our #1 Center right now and #3 Guard? I'm thinking that wont happen

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

November 18, 2021 at 07:06 am

Um, no, you read that too fast. I never wrote that. I have not edited it. I wrote that the Packers could release one of the Taylors, either Patrick (Taylor) or Malik (Taylor). I never mentioned or alluded to Lucas Patrick.

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mrtundra's picture

November 18, 2021 at 08:37 am

Let's take care of business in our own division. We will beat the vikings and cement our hold on the #1 seed. Stopping Cook, Thielen and Jefferson is key to our victory. Our secondary should be up to the task of stopping their receivers. Our D Line and LBs should be able to stop Cook from doing a lot of damage. The vikings are 4-5 for a reason. Let's remind them of that reason on Sunday. GO PACK, GO!!! I hope the PACKERS enjoy their Grape Crush, on Sunday!

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