GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Green Bay Packers claimed RB Kapri Bibbs off waivers from the Washington Redskins, the team announced Monday.
The move could be linked to the availability of starting running back Aaron Jones. Jones took himself out of the game in Sunday’s Week 15 game against the Chicago Bears due to a knee injury suffered in the first quarter and then did not return.
Jones said following the game, he think he has a sprained MCL which is the same injury he suffered against the Bears at Soldier Field last year.
Jones is the Packers leading rusher with 728 yards and is averaging just under 5.5 yards per carry which ranks the best in the NFL.
Packers running back Jamaal Williams took all of the carries following Jones’ injury, finishing with 12 carries for 55 yards and a touchdown.
With the addition of Bibbs, the team now has three RBs on the active roster (Jones, Williams, Bibbs) and a one fullback Danny Vitale. Plus two RBs on its practice squad: Lavon Coleman and Malcolm Johnson.
Bibbs, a 5-foot-10, 203-pound, third-year player out of Colorado State, has played in 26 career games, recording 309 rushing yards on 70 attempts (4.4 avg.) with three touchdowns and 305 receiving yards on 29 receptions (10.5 avg.) with three TDs.
He also has returned 10 kickoffs in his career with an average of 16.8 yards per return. Bibbs was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Denver Broncos in 2014. From 2014-16, he spent time on Denver’s practice squad and active roster.
Bibbs was traded by the Broncos to the San Francisco 49ers on April 29, 2017, but was waived by the 49ers following training camp. He spent parts of the 2017 season and this season on the Redskins’ practice squad and active roster.
Bibbs will wear No. 22 for the Packers.