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No happy returns, Ross cut

by Mark Daniels

It was one muff too many. Jeremy Ross' mishandled kickoff return yesterday was the last straw.  General Manager Ted Thompson released Ross today.   Racing up to field a short kickoff after the Packers fell behind 7-0, the second year player muffed it and the Bengals recovered at the two.  One snap later, BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored to make it 14-0.  Ross misplayed a punt in last year's divisional playoff game in San Francisco that also proved costly.  He appeared in 8 games over the past two years, averaged 17.9 yards on 9 kickoff returns.  He had a solid 20.5 average on six punt returns, when he caught it.  Ross also had one career catch for 8 yards.

So who's next?  Unlikely the Packers will hold auditions over the bye week but they may sign a new street free agent returner.  The team has been hesitant to use Randall Cobb on special teams now that he's a feature receiver.  But Cobb became the first Packer to return both a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns in his first two seasons and is clearly the best on-roster option. We should learn more talking with special teams coordinator Shaun Slocum this afternoon.