Packers Sign DB Westbrook; Place Johnson On Injured Reserve


The Green Bay Packers have signed free agent defensive back Bryant Westbrook, most recently with the Dallas Cowboys, GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman announced Wednesday.

Westbrook takes the place of injured defensive end Joe Johnson on the Packers' 53-man roster. Johnson tore his left triceps Monday night against the Bears and was placed on injured reserve.

The 6-foot, 201-pound Westbrook spent his previous five seasons with the Detroit Lions, where he made a total of 12 interceptions and 208 tackles.

The Packers also announced the termination of three practice squad players, wide receiver Corey Parchman, defensive end John Gilmore (injured) and offensive lineman Al Jackson.

In their place, the Packers re-signed defensive back Todd Franz, and added defensive back Brandon Jennings, a third-year free agent recently cut by the Oakland Raiders, and offensive lineman Mitch White, a rookie free agent out of Oregon State, who has been on the rosters of the New Orleans Saints and New York Jets thus far.

An official press release will follow.

Also Wednesday, Sherman hinted that second-year defensive back Bhawoh Jue could be headed for the injured reserve list due to hamstring and groin problems. Jue is definitely out for this week's game against the New England Patriots. Sherman said he would make a decision regarding Jue's status "within the next 24 hours."

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