Packers Place Lovato and Goode on Injured Reserve List


Goode hurt his knee in the first quarter of the Oakland game on Sunday but finished the game.

He has been a model of consistency as the deep snapper for Green Bay Packers but now the Packers will have to rely on another snapper for the first time in 137 games.

To replace Goode, the Packers have added Rick Lovato.

"I'm just here to do my job, and that's all I can think about right now", said Lovato, who was a four-year scholarship long-snapper at Old Dominion and went to training camp with the Bears this summer. With Goode headed toward free agency, the Packers were just keeping an eye on who was available by bringing in Lovato and another snapper.

"The turnover rate is not very high for long snappers and, guys like Brett, he's been in the league for eight years now and he's done a wonderful job", Lovato said. It's just a matter of doing what I can do and I've done this a million times. Punter Tim Masthay holds on Mason Crosby's kicks and Crosby said that Goode makes it easy on everyone.

"I'm comfortable with snapping the football", Lovato said. "But, I always sign off with the same (line): 'Hopefully, we're not going to be there this year, ' and hopefully, we'll be in Santa Clara (instead)". "That's something we don't take for granted".


It's curious that the Packers waited until Tuesday to make the move, though.

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