Vitale was promoted from Green Bay's practice squad on Dec. 1, and suited up for the team's final five games of the regular season. The third-year fullback was utilized as a blocker on the majority of his 19 offensive snaps and did not log a single carry, but was targeted twice in the passing game. He also played 82 snaps on special teams. The 24-year-old will spend the offseason competing for a depth role with fellow fullback Malcolm Johnson.
Vitale (calf) signed a contract with the Packers on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Vitale has been on the Packers' practice squad since being waived off injured reserve by the Browns in mid-October and will look for his first game action of 2018. The 25-year-old had seven receptions for 46 yards and zero carries over 24 games with the Browns, and is unlikely to factor into the Packers offense beyond serving as a blocker.
Vitale (calf) was waived off IR by the Browns on Friday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Vitale landed on IR prior to the regular season while trying to make the Browns' roster as a blocking fullback.
Vitale left practice early due to a calf injury Monday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
The severity of Vitale's injury has yet to be disclosed, but any amount of missed time should hurt the 23-year-old's chances of making the 53-man roster. Vitale only touched the ball three times in 2017, recording three catches for 19 yards. The 2016 sixth-rounder will need to return to the field in a timely manner and preform impressively to retain a spot on the offense.
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