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Packers elevate Miller, cut So'oto

Dec. 11, 2012
 

The Packers signed practice squad defensive tackle Jordan Miller to the active roster today and cut linebacker Vic So'oto.

Maybe Miller should have had an inkling that a promotion was in the works last week in listening to the words of defensive line coach Mike Trgovac.

“I had a long talk with him (Friday) about making sure he’s not in practice-squad mode – that he’s learning the defenses,” said Trgovac. “Some guys get on the practice squad and they sit there and watch everything but they don’t hear and listen to everything. I like Jordan Miller as a football player. Now, I’ve never seen him in a game so that remains to be seen, but he’s a good football player.”

Miller might get his first taste of NFL action on Sunday against his old team, the Chicago Bears. He spent 15 games on the Bears’ practice squad last season, then was elevated to the 53-man roster for the season finale, although he was inactive.

The Packers are thin on the defensive line with injuries to C.J. Wilson (knee) and Mike Neal (shoulder) -- neither might be ready for action against the Bears. The Packers played with just four healthy defensive linemen on Sunday vs. Detroit – veterans B.J. Raji and Ryan Pickett and rookies Mike Daniels and Jerel Worthy.

Miller will add some bulk to the unit. The Packers officially list him at 309, but Trgovac said he goes 317 pounds and can play both the run and the pass.

“He can tie people up,” said Trgovac.

Miller signed with the Bears as an undrafted free agent in July 2011. He spent the 2012 preseason on the Bears’ roster but was cut on Aug. 31.

During his practice squad stint with the Packers, Miller has been getting a lot of work in the trenches.

“He’s playing offensive line and he plays defensive line,” said Trgovac. “The poor kid is dead after practice. He’s a good football player. He’s got some good skills to him. We haven’t had the time to train him on our stuff. I think he can be a good little pass rusher in there. He’s got some good skills with his hands and his hips.

“Let’s put it this way: In the drills and stuff like that, I like what I see. I would want to reserve my call until I see him in a game.”

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