GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – The Green Bay Packers made a move to add some depth to their running game.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the Packers nabbed running back Knile Davis in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Packers confirmed the move Tuesday afternoon.
They made room for Davis on the roster by placing Sam Shields on injured reserve due to the concussion he suffered back in Week 1. Shields posted on Instagram Tuesday that he’s making great progress and plans on returning this season.
Under a new NFL rule this year, a player must be on Injured Reserve for six weeks before they can be brought back, though Shields says 8 weeks.
As part of the deal for Davis, the Packers give up a conditional, late-round draft choice which will be determined by his playing time — which could be a lot Thursday.
Head coach Mike McCarthy says Davis has arrived in Green Bay and “the goal is to get him ready for practice today.”
Davis, 25, was drafted by the Chiefs in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He has a career 11 touchdowns and 775 yards and, according to the Packers. He also made 69 kickoff returns, with two touchdowns and a 27.2-yard average.
The move should help take some pressure off Eddie Lacy, who has been struggling with an ankle injury. The Packers are also without running back James Starks, who’s on the shelf after knee surgery.
So the player in the new #30 jersey could be a starter on Thursday night.
“You work through these types of situations,” McCarthy said. “It’s obviously a big challenge when you’re on a short week, but he’s definitely a talented young player. Obviously had a chance to compete against him and see him play live in the preseason game, and he had a lot of production that night. So just looking forward to getting him into the mix and get going.”
Practice squad player Don Jackson could also be called up if Lacy can’t go.