Packers not giving ring to cornerback who was on injured reserve
The Green Bay Packers are holding their Super Bowl ring ceremony Thursday night at Lambeau Field.
Josh Bell is one player who wasn’t invited.
The cornerback spent the season on injured reserve and his agent is questioning why Bell will not receive a championship ring.
According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Bell suffered a foot injury during the team’s intrasquad scrimmage Aug. 7. He was placed on injured reserve after three days. The Packers offered Bell an injury settlement and he chose to turn that down and rehabilitate from his injury with the team. So, he didn’t play for the Packers during the season, but was on their long IR list.
“His time there, as part of the organization, he enjoyed it," Frederick Lyles, the agent, told Silverstein. "This is kind of a surprise. It’s unfortunate. I don’t know if it’s an oversight, considering the attention being paid to the lockout. We just haven’t been able to reach them and find out."
The Packers declined to comment on the matter and as Silverstein noted, Bell probably isn’t the only player who might have been around that isn’t getting a ring.
"The thing is he’s a part of the team no matter how you look at it," Lyles said. "He was injured playing. He’s still a part of the roster."
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