QB carousel continues in Green Bay
GREEN BAY--Needing a roster spot to sign quarterback Matt Flynn, the Green Bay Packers went with the most logical move they could make, placing veteran quarterback Seneca Wallace on injured reserve.
The club announced the move Tuesday.
Wallace, 33, injured his groin on the first series of his first start for the Packers against Philadelphia on Sunday and did not return. Wallace was filling in for starter Aaron Rodgers, who broke his collarbone the previous week against Chicago.
Scott Tolzien, signed off the practice squad last week, replaced Wallace against the Eagles and played well enough that coach Mike McCarthy announced after the game he would start this week against the New York Giants.
Wallace was signed in September after the Packers cut ties with Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman even though Wallace hadn't played since late in 2011. The Packers liked Wallace's experience and ability to quickly learn the offense and decided he would be an asset to Rodgers.
Wallace finished out the Bears game and then prepared all last week for his first start. But it didn't last longer than a series, and now his season is done.
The Packers did not think Wallace would be ready for action Sunday, otherwise they would not have needed to sign Flynn. Wallace could have gone back into the game against the Eagles in an emergency, but his injury apparently was severe enough the Packers didn't think he would be able to help them against the Giants.
Wallace is guaranteed his entire base salary this season, but there is a provision in his contract that drops the base from $840,000 to $408,000 if he lands on injured reserve. Wallace will earn a pro-rated portion of both the $840,000 (10 weeks) and the $408,000 (seven weeks).
He will earn just over $660,000 for the season. The Packers received a veteran's exemption on his original base salary, so he will end up counting only about $430,000 against the salary cap.
In two games, Wallace completed 16 of 24 passes for 139 yards with an interception.
Flynn most likely received a minimum-wage deal worth $715,000 with no signing bonus. That is what the Buffalo Bills paid him when they signed him Oct. 14.
Flynn, the Packers' seventh-round draft pick in 2008 and backup to Rodgers for four seasons, began familiarizing himself with the offense Monday and will practice with the team Wednesday.