The Green Bay Packers have placed T David Bakhtiari (bock-tee-R-ee) on injured reserve, signed LB Kristian Welch to the active roster from the practice squad and elevated CB Corey Ballentine (BAL-en-tine) and CB Kiondre Thomas (kee-ON-dray) from the practice squad to the active roster for gameday. General Manager Brian Gutekunst announced the transactions Thursday.
Welch (6-3, 240), a fourth-year player out of the University of Iowa, joined the Packers' practice squad on Aug. 31. He was originally signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2020. In three seasons, Welch played in 43 regular-season games and three postseason contests for the Ravens. He has posted five tackles (four solo) on defense and 16 tackles on special teams during the regular season and two tackles on special teams during the postseason. In 2021, he tied for No. 2 on the team with a career-best nine special teams tackles and helped Baltimore's unit rank No. 1 in Football Outsiders' DVOA rating. Welch will wear No. 54 for the Packers.