Packers release LB Aiyewa, leave spot open

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- On the same day free-agent tight end Jermichael Finley visited the Green Bay Packers to check in with team doctors, general manager Ted Thompson opened a roster spot by releasing linebacker Victor Aiyewa.

Before anyone gets too excited, there is no indication the two moves are related.

Finley's visit was categorized as a formality and did not include extensive tests on his surgically repaired neck. He has not been medically cleared to resume his playing career.

Aiyewa played in five games last season, all on special-teams duty, after being promoted from the practice squad on Nov. 27. He was not likely to be in the competition for playing time at inside linebacker this season.

The Packers did not make a corresponding roster move, meaning they have one open spot on their 90-man offseason roster.