Veteran offensive lineman signs

The Green Bay Packers signed offensive lineman Marcus Spriggs. The sixth year pro, who was an unrestricted free agent, joined the team for the second day of its minicamp today.<p>

Spriggs (6-foot-4, 310 pounds) has started at both tackle positions in the NFL while playing with Buffalo and Miami. He also can play guard, director of pro personnel Reggie McKenzie says.

Springs, 29, has started 18 games since he was selected by the Bills in the sixth round of the 1997 draft. He played for the Dolphins the past two seasons, mainly as a reserve. The Packers are seeking depth behind tackles Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher, who are both coming off major surgeries from last year.

Spriggs missed 15 games in 2001 after suffering an ACL/MCL injury to his left knee in the season opener that required surgery. One of his four starts in 2002 came against the Packers, but he gave up three sacks to Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila in Green Bay's Nov. 4 victory.

Spriggs will be competing against Jerry Wisne, Kevin Barry and Reggie Coleman for playing time behind Clifton and Tauscher.

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