The Green Bay Packers have claimed fullback Jerry Westbrooks on waivers from the Miami Dolphins, GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman announced Wednesday.
The 6-2, 230-pound Westbrooks fills the roster vacancy created earlier in the day when veteran safety Scott Frost was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.
The 24-year-old Westbrooks, a four-year letterman at Ohio State (1997-2000), originally was signed by Jacksonville as an undrafted free agent in 2001. Subsequently waived August 28, he was signed to the Dolphins' practice squad on December 5, 2001, where he spent the final five regular season games. Released January 8, 2001, he played for the Amsterdam Admirals and Berlin Thunder during last spring's NFL Europe League season.
At Ohio State, the Jacksonville native rushed for 170 yards and 4 touchdowns on 61 attempts in 33 career games. A prep standout at Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton, Fla., Westbrooks rushed for 2,968 yards and 41 touchdowns, while also recording 202 tackles and 33 quarterback sacks on defense in his career. He also lettered in track and basketball.
Westbrooks, who has been assigned jersey number 47, will join the Packers on the practice field Thursday morning.