McCarthy: Packers will promote CB Herb Waters from practice squad

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on January 4, 2017 – 2:05 pm

170104-waters-950GREEN BAY — The Packers are promoting converted cornerback Herb Waters from the practice squad, Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said at his Wednesday news conference.

Waters (6-0, 188) initially went to training camp with the Packers as an undrafted receiver out of Miami (Fla.), but converted to cornerback after signing onto the team’s practice squad at the beginning of the regular season.

A college teammate of Packers’ second-year cornerback LaDarius Gunter, Waters started 20 of 47 games played for the Hurricanes, totaling 99 receptions for 1,534 yards (15.5 avg.) and nine TDs.

The Packers will place cornerback Makinton Dorleant (knee) on injured reserve to make room for Waters on the 53-man roster.

“It’s a great credit to Herb and a credit to (cornerbacks coach) Joe Whitt,” McCarthy said. “He’s a young man with a lot in front of him. I’m excited for him personally. I know what he’s put into it. He’s worked his tail off. You talk about practice squad players and what they have to do in practice. It’s about opportunities and Herb has done a great job of making the switch and doing the extra stuff.”

McCarthy said cornerback Quinten Rollins has entered the concussion protocol after being carted off the field during last Sunday’s 31-24 win over Detroit.

Receiver Randall Cobb and cornerback Damarious Randall will try to practice during Wednesday’s practice, according to McCarthy. Cobb has missed the last two games with an ankle injury, while Randall exited against the Lions with a knee injury.

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