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Green Bay Packers waive tight end Michael Roberts due to failed physical

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The Green Bay Packers have waived tight end Michael Roberts.

According to NFL news reporter Dov Kleiman (via Pro Football Talk’s Charean Williams), the Packers cut Roberts because of his second failed physical within a span of a week.

Tight end Michael Roberts obviously isn’t healthy.

He failed his second physical in a week, Dov Kleiman reports, and the Packers waived Roberts with the waived physical designation Wednesday.

The Lions traded Roberts to the (New England) Patriots, but the deal was rescinded last Friday after Roberts failed a physical. The Lions placed Roberts on waivers instead.

The Packers claimed Roberts off waivers on Wednesday.


Packers News’ Jim Owczarski confirmed Roberts’ fate on June 19. Owczarski stressed the Packers’ need for a tight end. In fact, they have been trying to add to their tight end depth chart for over a month. Despite the additions of Marcedes Lewis and rookie Jace Sternberger, Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst wants more.

Owczarski speculates the Packers still have room for one more tight end after Roberts’ release on June 17. Lewis and Jimmy Graham are the most seasoned tight ends on the team’s roster. Sternberger, Robert Tonyan, Evan Baylis, and Pharaoh McKever round out the depth chart for Green Bay.

The Detroit Lions made Roberts the 127th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft out of the University of Toledo. In two seasons with Detroit, Roberts recorded 13 receptions, 146 receiving yards, and three touchdowns.