The Green Bay Packers have placed safety Antuan Edwards on injured reserve and promoted cornerback Erwin Swiney from the practice squad to replace him on the team's 53-man active roster, GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman announced Saturday.
Edwards suffered a hamstring injury in the Packers' Thanksgiving Day game against the Lions in Detroit (Nov. 27). He had started 10 of 12 games to date, nine at strong safety and one at free safety, and currently is the second-leading tackler in the defensive backfield with 54 stops, 44 of them unassisted. He also recorded two quarterback sacks and one interception, and was credited with 6 passes defensed.
For Swiney, 6-0 and 192 pounds, it is his second hitch of the season on the active roster. He originally made the final, 53-man roster coming out of training camp and was active for the first three games of the season, posting two unassisted tackles and being credited with one pass defensed.
The 25-year-old Nebraska alumnus subsequently was deactivated for the Packers' fourth game (at Chicago), waived the following week (October 4) and signed to the practice squad (October 11).
Swiney, originally signed by the Packers as an undrafted free agent April 26, 2002, played in three regular-season games in '02, posting one special teams tackle. Serving four separate stints on the practice squad during the course of the season, he also played in the Packers' Wild Card Playoff game against Atlanta (Jan. 4).
Swiney will continue to wear jersey number 26.