GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers have taken at least three tight ends into every game this season, and it appears that is not about to change.
With only two healthy tight ends available because of Brandon Bostick's hip injury, the Packers on Saturday promoted rookie Justin Perillo from the practice squad. That gives them the option of continuing their practice of dressing at least three tight ends on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field.
Perillo has been with the Packers since May, when he was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Maine. He was released at the end of training camp and then re-signed to the practice squad. Although he received far less publicity than the Packers' other undrafted rookie tight end signing, Colt Lyerla, Perillo outplayed the more popular Lyerla from the start, in part because he showed excellent hands in training camp.
Perillo will wear No. 80, just like he did in the preseason, and if he's active against the Eagles, he will be the first Packers' player to wear that number since Donald Driver, the team's all-time receiving leader who retired after the 2012 season.