See ya next year, Nick.

The Green Bay Packers officially ended Nick Barnett’s season by putting him on injured reserve.

Barnett had wrist surgery earlier this week and there was a possibility he could have returned in eight weeks, but the Packers apparently weren’t interested in waiting to see if that would happen. Barnett injured his wrist in the Packers’ week four game against Detroit.

To fill Barnett’s roster spot, the Packers signed defensive end Mike Montgomery.

This is Montgomery’s second tour of duty with the Packers. He was originally drafted in the sixth round by the Packers out of Texas A&M, in 2005. He signed with the Vikings as a free agent in March, but was among their final roster cuts.

Montgomery’s best season in Green Bay came in 2008, when he recorded 59 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble filling in for Cullen Jenkins, who tore a pectoral muscle in September and spent the season on injured reserve.

Oddly, at 6-5, 282, Montgomery isn’t exactly suited for playing defensive end in the Packers’ 3-4 scheme. He’s probably too big to play outside linebacker and that’s one of the reasons the team didn’t bring him back this offseason.

I guess beggars can’t be choosers, though.

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