The Green Bay Packers Thursday agreed to terms with linebacker Steve Josue, GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman announced.
Josue, pronounced jo-SOO, fills out the team's 53-man roster, taking the place of running back James Jackson, waived Tuesday.
Josue spent the last five weeks on the San Francisco 49ers practice squad. NFL rules allow any practice-squad player to leave in order to join another team's 53-man roster.
A 6-2, 230-pound linebacker out of Carson-Newman, Josue originally joined the Packers as the team's final selection in the 2003 draft (fourth of four seventh-round choices, 30th and final NFL linebacker taken). Waived at the end of his rookie training camp, he spent the entire 2003 season on the Packers practice squad, then played all 10 games this past summer for the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe.
Waived by the Packers Sept. 5, Josue spent two weeks (Sept. 21-Oct. 5) on the Redskins practice squad, before joining the 49ers practice squad Nov. 3.
A four-year letter winner at Division II Carson-Newman, Josue as a senior captain helped the Eagles to an undefeated regular season.
The Packers have assigned Josue jersey No. 54. Practice-squad linebacker Nick McNeil moves to No. 52.