Donald Lee figured he was at the point in his career where he didn’t have to worry about his position on the depth chart.
That all changed this week for the Green Bay Packers’ veteran tight end.
He was a healthy inactive for Sunday’s game at Atlanta, something that caught him by surprise.
“I think either last Monday or Wednesday I heard that some guys are going to have to compete to be (active) for this game, but I didn’t think in a million years it would be me,” Lee said. “That’s just the way it is. Sometimes things work out different from what you hope for.”
Instead of using Lee, the Packers activated tight end Spencer Havner for the first time since they re-signed him on Nov. 12. Havner played on special teams before he dropped out of the game because of a pulled hamstring.
Havner said he wasn’t expecting to play much, if at all, on offense. Coach Mike McCarthy used rookie Andrew Quarless and first-year pro Tom Crabtree as the tight ends on offense. Quarless had three catches for 35 yards, but Crabtree didn’t have a ball thrown his way.