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Packers Claim Gardner On Waivers


The Green Bay Packers Tuesday claimed Rod Gardner on waivers from the Carolina Panthers. Ted Thompson, Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations, made the announcement.

Gardner, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound wide receiver out of Clemson, played in 10 games this season for the Panthers, catching nine passes for 84 yards with one touchdown.

The Redskins' first-round selection (15th overall ) in the 2001 NFL Draft, Gardner played his first four years in Washington before the team traded him to Carolina this past July. A big target, Gardner had a catch in each of his first 55 NFL games. The streak ended in 2004, one week after he posted a pair of touchdown receptions in a loss to the Packers at FedEx Field.

All told, in 74 NFL games, Gardner has 236 catches for 3,081 yards (13.1-yard average) and 23 touchdowns.

Gardner, who'll wear No. 82, takes the 53rd spot on the Packers' active roster. The roster had been at 52.

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