The Green Bay Packers have signed TE Blake Annen to the practice squad and placed LB James Vaughters on the practice squad injured list. The transactions were announced Wednesday by Ted Thompson, Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations.
Annen (ANN-in), a 6-foot-4, 245-pound second-year player out of the University of Cincinnati, originally signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as a non-drafted free agent on May 12, 2014. After being released by the Eagles on Aug. 23, 2014, he was signed to the Chicago Bears' practice squad on Sept. 18, 2014. Annen was elevated to the Bears' active roster on Nov. 8, 2014, where he remained for the rest of the season, seeing action in five games. He was released by Chicago on Sept. 2, 2015, and spent just over a week on the New Orleans Saints' practice squad before being released on Sept. 15, 2015. Annen will wear No. 43 for the Packers.