GREEN BAY — It makes sense that Jarius Wynn avoided the Green Bay Packers game against the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday as he was flipping through the channels on his television.
Eight days earlier, Wynn had been released by the Packers on cutdown day.
The pain and disappointment were still fresh.
But it didn’t take Wynn long to flip over to Fox after he got a call from his agent, who had been contacted by the Packers’ front office sometime during the second half. The Packers were interested in re-signing Wynn as a roster replacement for defensive end Justin Harrell, who tore the ACL in his left knee during the second quarter of the Packers’ 27-20 victory at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
“It felt like getting drafted again,” Wynn said.
Wynn was one of the Packers’ sixth-round picks in 2009 and played 11 games as a rookie. Despite a hip injury during training camp, Wynn thought he had a good chance to make the team again this season but found out otherwise on Sept. 4.
He had a tryout with the Seattle Seahawks, who took a pass on Wynn, and returned to his home in Georgia to play the waiting game.
Now, Wynn finds himself in position to help out the Packers (1-0) when they host the Buffalo Bills (0-1) Sunday at Lambeau Field.
The Packers’ depth along the defensive line is shaky because of injuries. Starting end Cullen Jenkins played most of the Philadelphia game with a broken left hand. Rookie end Mike Neal, Jenkins’ backup, was inactive in Week 1 with an abdomen injury.
Neal went from not participating in practice Wednesday to limited participation on Thursday, and Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he’s hopeful the team’s second-round pick will be ready by Sunday. Jenkins was also a limited participant on Thursday.
The door appears open for Wynn and rookie end C.J. Wilson, who was inactive last week, to contribute against the Bills.
“I hope to give the guys some depth,” Wilson said of his potential NFL debut. “Just go in there and I don’t want to be a drop-off when I’m in there. I just want to pick up where Justin left off.”