Pack promote linebacker, put Franklin on IR

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers promoted linebacker Victor Aiyewa to the active roster from the practice squad shortly before they boarded the plane Wednesday for their Thanksgiving game at the Detroit Lions.

Aiyewa, a first-year player from the University of Washington, was signed to the practice squad on Oct. 15.

He replaced rookie running back Johnathan Franklin, who sustained a concussion while returning a kickoff in Sunday’s game against Minnesota and was placed on injured reserve.

It ended up-and-down season for Franklin, the fourth-round pick from UCLA. He rushed for 103 yards in Week 3 against Cincinnati but fumbled on a key fourth-down play late in that loss. Franklin had not had a carry since Oct. 20 against Cleveland.