The Green Bay Packers waived 15 players, including five veterans, in order to reach the first mandated roster cutdown of the preseason to the 65-player limit, GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman announced Tuesday.
The veterans released included running back Ki-Jana Carter, a 7-year professional, and 11-year punter/placekicker Louie Aguiar, along with defensive end Aaron Fields, wide receiver Andy McCullough and linebacker Anthony Sessions, all second-year pros.
The ten rookies and first-year players waived included linebackers Algie Atkinson and Kenny Harney, quarterback Marcus Brady, wide receivers Javon Green and Brian Haugabrook, safety Gana Joseph, cornerback Seneca McMillan, defensive tackle Ken Kocher, guard Chris Watton and tight end/fullback Bill Seymour.
The transactions leave the Packers with 73 players on the current roster, including 8 players granted exemptions because they were allocated to the NFL Europe League for the recent '02 season.
All NFL clubs must reduce their rosters to the regular-season limit of 53 players by 3 p.m.. next Sunday, September 1. Clubs may then establish a 5-player practice squad after 3 p.m., Monday, September 2.