Packers place LB Robert Francois on injured reserve

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Robert Francois has been placed on injured reserve and is officially out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon.

Francois was injured in the third quarter of the Packers’ Week 5 win over the Detroit Lions.

Francois, 28, has been a backup in Green Bay since 2010. He was only in the game because starter Brad Jones had suffered a hamstring injury.

To take Francois’ spot on the active roster, the Packers promoted cornerback James Nixon from the practice squad. Nixon was originally signed to Green Bay’s practice squad in September 2012 and was back on the practice squad this season after being released at the conclusion of training camp.

The Packers now have an open practice squad spot that they can fill.

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