Packers turn attention to roster

As we noted Friday in discussing the NFL's officiating situation, intensity around the NFL starts picking up once a team's third preseason game is complete. The first round of cuts, from 90 to 75 players, is Monday. The fourth preseason game for most teams is Thursday, and rosters must be trimmed to 53 by Friday night at 9 p.m. ET.

After arriving home from Cincinnati on Friday morning, the Green Bay Packers immediately began personnel meetings to discuss the next roster steps. Coach Mike McCarthy offered a few tidbits during a Friday afternoon session with reporters:

  1. McCarthy said that linebacker Desmond Bishop's situation "will probably resolve here in the next 48 hours or so." That suggests Bishop, who recently had surgery on his hamstring, could be placed on injured reserve to save a roster spot by Monday.

  2. Cornerback Davon House, who suffered a shoulder injury two weeks ago, is improving but there is no clear timetable for his return. Surgery could still be an option.

  3. Tight end Tom Crabtree's shoulder injury does not appear serious, but defensive end Ryan Pickett suffered a calf injury that will probably cause him to miss some time.

  4. McCarthy didn't award Graham Harrell the backup quarterback job, but he told reporters: "We don't make roster decisions today. There's still plenty of work to be done. We have three more practices. We have a game. Graham will play in that game, will have more opportunities. Graham Harrell improved from the first two weeks last night. He graded out higher than the first two weeks, so he’s making improvement." Again, the Packers are far less worried about Harrell than others might be.