Quinten Rollins was placed on injured reserve by the Green Bay Packers this weekend with a hamstring injury, likely ending his 2018 season, according to the team’s official website.
Rollins injured his hamstring in Green Bay’s preseason finale against Kansas City. He made one special teams tackle against the Chiefs.
As a procedural note, prior to the first cutdown date, injured players with less than four years of service cannot go onto IR until they pass through waivers. Those players are released with the “waived/injured” designation. Known as “injury waivers”, this process exposes the player to waivers, but other teams are made aware that the player is injured. If the player clears injury waivers, the team can then either place the player on IR or agree to an injury settlement (paying the player for the weeks that he is expected to be recovering from his injury) and then release the player.
NFL players receive 1/17th of their salary each week during the season. So, players on injured reserve receive 1/17th of their salary each week they’re on IR during the season. But players may not receive their full salary while on IR.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Rollins was still listed on the Packers roster with the reserve injured designation. If a settlement is agreed upon by Rollins and the Packers, he could be waived and become a free agent. Otherwise, Rollins will remain on IR.
Originally a cornerback when he entered the NFL, Rollins was moved to safety this preseason as well as given an opportunity to return punts. Against Pittsburgh in the second preseason game, Rollins returned two punts for 35 yards, the best performance this preseason for the Packers in a game.
NFL teams can designate a player to return to the active roster during the same season they are placed on IR. Rollins has not, at this time, been given that designation.
Rollins best season was his rookie year when he started four of 14 games and finished with 28 solos tackles, a sack and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown against Nick Foles of the St. Louis Rams. Rollins became the first Green Bay rookie to have two interceptions in a game since Casey Hayward in 2012. His pick-six was the first for a Packers rookie since 2002. He was fourth among NFL rookies with those two interceptions. He had seven special team tackles, second most on the team.
In 2016, Rollins had 39 solos and one interception. Rollins missed three games due to a groin injury and played in one playoff game while missing the other two due to a neck injury/concussion.
Last season, Rollins started one game and played in just six contests while battling injuries. He had nine solo tackles. He was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 16, 2017.
For his career, Rollins has played in 33 NFL games, starting 15. He has 76 solo and 15 assists. He has one sack, 16 passes defensed and three interceptions.
Rollins was selected by Green Bay in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft with the No. 62 overall selection. He became only the third player ever drafted by Green Bay out of Miami (Ohio), joining halfback John Pont (No. 220 overall, 19th round, 1952) and tackle Rudy Schoendorf (No. 159 overall, 14th round, 1957).
Rollins was an All-Ohio standout in both football and basketball at Wilmington High School.
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