Green Bay Packers take precautions. The team has decided to protect the following practice squad players for this week: defensive lineman Abdullah Anderson, defensive lineman R.J. McIntosh, kicker J.J. Molson and receiver/returner David Moore.
According to The Packers Wire’s Zach Kruse, quarterback Kurt Benkert was not protected this week.
McIntosh and Molson did not play a single snap for the team in the regular season, but both have been protected several times. Molson has remained the first emerging option should something happen to starting kicker Mason Crosby.
As a defensive back, Anderson has logged 15 or more reps against the Baltimore Ravens, Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions in Weeks 15, 17 and 18, respectively. In fact, he has played more times (49) than defensive lineman Jack Heflin (17), who has been on the active roster all season.
The David Moore case
The most striking case is Moore, who played eight times on special teams in Week 17 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Moore returned a punt for 21 yards in that game, setting a season high for the team in his only appearance.
The Packers have previously used Amari Rodgers, Malik Taylor (injured reserve) and Randall Cobb (injured reserve-designated to return) as punt returners this season.
Rodgers, however, has struggled with injury and illness, so he has not been able to see adequate playing time.
If Moore plays against the 49ers, he will likely be called up on Friday from the practice squad.