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"Gravedigger" likely to return

Gilbert Brown did not participate in any of Green Bay's off-season minicamps or workout program, but it is likely "The Gravedigger" will re-sign with the Packers and compete for a roster spot in training camp.<p>

Coach and general manager Mike Sherman said today that the Packers are talking with Brown, who has played nine seasons for the Packers. Brown is currently at his off-season home in Detroit preparing for training camp. He has spoken recently with teammates and Packers coaches.

"I don't think he's doing any Speedo commercials right now. I think he's getting himself in shape and ready to go," said Sherman. "Gilbert's Gilbert. He's a big man. He's going to be probably a little heavy. He's going to have to work himself into shape when he gets here. I trust that if we do get him signed and sealed and delivered that he'll contribute in some fashion."

If the Packers re-sign Brown, which probably will be for the veteran's minimum of $755,000, he will compete against rookie James Lee, Rod Walker and Steve Warren for the starting nose tackle position. Warren has been playing with the first-team defense this off-season. Lee was unable to attend the June minicamp because school is still in session at Oregon State, and an NFL rule prohibits players from participating in a second minicamp when school is in session.

"He's looking forward to getting back into the rotation," said defensive tackle Cletidus Hunt, who has recently spoken with Brown.

Brown was limited last season because of injuries. He did not suit up for five games due to foot and knee injuries. He missed large parts of a few other games. When healthy, Brown is still an effective run-stopper who often draws double teams from opposing offenses.

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