Green Bay Packers wide receiver Amari Rodgers (8) fumbles a punt return against the Dallas Cowboys during their football game Sunday, November 13, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Dallas recovered the fumble.Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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Packers cut fumble-prone return man Amari Rodgers

The Green Bay Packers released fumble-prone return specialist Amari Rodgers on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old wide receiver was a third-round pick (85th overall) in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Rodgers fumbled four times on special teams this season, including one that set up a Dallas Cowboys touchdown on Sunday.

He played in 26 games over two seasons, catching eight passes for 95 yards. He returned 40 punts for 305 yards and 17 kickoffs for 321 yards.

Rodgers was replaced by Keisean Nixon on punt returns for the remainder of Sunday’s 31-28 overtime win against the Cowboys.

With a short week of preparation, Nixon could retain that role on Thursday night when the Packers (4-6) host the Tennessee Titans (6-3).

Green Bay also released running back Kylin Hill, a seventh-round pick in 2021. Hill had one carry for 7 yards in two games this season.

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and linebacker Tipa Galeai (40) react with linebacker Krys Barnes (51) who was injured against the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Packers activate LB Krys Barnes from IR

The Green Bay Packers activated linebacker Krys Barnes from injured reserve on Saturday.

Barnes, 24, landed on IR on Sept. 13 after being carted off the field with a high ankle sprain in the season-opening loss at Minnesota.

Barnes has posted 161 tackles, two sacks, four passes defensed and two fumble recoveries in 30 games (23 starts) since signing with Green Bay as an undrafted free agent in 2020.

The Packers (3-5) bring a four-game losing streak into Sunday’s game against the host Detroit Lions (1-6).

–Field Level Media