About a half hour into practice, we noticed somebody new running on the side of the field. It turned out to be Matt O’Hanlon, who had literally just pulled up to the complex, put on a uniform, and headed out to the field. Another 20 minutes or so later he was at safety on some seven-on-seven drills. By the time the practice was ending with a 2:00 drill, he was also on the field.
O’Hanlon was brought in to replace Michael Greco, who was waived/injured after he tried to practice with a brace on his knee on Monday but could not. It’s a cold business. Greco could not serve his purpose, which for this week was to eat up some snaps so that Kenny Phillips wouldn’t have to. So they brought in someone else.
"I always feel bad for guys who get injured because I know what they're going through, especially when it's rookies and free agents," Phillips said. "But it's part of the game."
Greco was also unfortunate that other safeties are dinged up. Michael Johnson is out with a disc issue in his back and Sha’reff Rahad is sidelined after suffering a concussion on Saturday. Rashad may be close to returning, but at the start of today’s practice there were only four safeties available: Antrel Rolle, Deon Grant, Phillips and John Busing. Now add O’Hanlon to the list.
Would Greco have made it past next week’s cut down to 75? I don’t know. But he certainly won’t now.