FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Green Bay Packers had been using safety Jermaine Whitehead as an inside linebacker in some of their defensive packages, but that option was taken away because he was ejected late in the second quarter of Sunday night's 31-17 loss to the New England Patriots.
Referee Brad Allen threw out Whitehead, but it was unclear if he did so with consult of the NFL's head of officiating, Al Riveron. This year, the league added the option of ejecting a player after review from the league office.
Antonio Morrison, a true inside linebacker, replaced Whitehead after the ejection.
The Packers' defense was already in a state of change after they traded safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to Washington on Tuesday. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine moved cornerback Tramon Williams to safety in place of Clinton-Dix and also played seldom-used defensive back Josh Jones.
The Packers also had some in-game change on offense after right tackle Bryan Bulaga left the game in the first half because of a knee injury and was replaced by Jason Spriggs. The Packers said Bulaga was out for the rest of the game. He walked to the locker room under his own power and did not return before halftime.
Meanwhile, cornerback Kevin King left in the second half with a hamstring injury and also did not return.