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Roster moves

Running back Herbert "Whisper" Goodman, who made the Green Bay Packers roster as a rookie free agent a few years ago, re-signed with the team today. Goodman participated in practice Tuesday afternoon while a handful of other injured running backs looked on.<p>

Goodman originally made the Packers roster as an undrafted free agent out of Graceland University in 2000. He played for the Packers for most of two seasons mainly as a reserve.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Miami native subsequently was waived on Sept. 1, 2002, in the Packers' final roster reduction for the regular season. He appeared in 12 games overall, including 7 in '01, he averaged 30.0 yards for 5 kickoff returns and posted 3 tackles on kick coverage. He also averaged 16.5 yards for two kickoff returns in the Packers' Wild Card Playoff game at St. Louis following the 2001 season.

Najeh Davenport (hip), William Henderson (kidney stone), Adam Tate (knee) and Lamar Smith (knee) have been unable to practice since Sunday. Ahman Green and Nick Luchey were the only two healthy running backs for the team's intrasquad scrimmage on Monday night.

To make room for Goodman the Packers released linebacker Shantee Orr and offensive lineman Jamil Soriano. Both were rookie free agents.

Goodman led NFL Europe in rushing with 877 yards on 206 carries, scoring 6 touchdowns in 2001. He was the lone rookie free agent to make the Green Bay roster in 2000. At Graceland, he set school records for single-season (1,399) and career (2,385) rushing yards. He also led NCAA Division II in yards per carry as a senior (6.89) and in scoring with 15.0 points per game (25 TDs in 10 games).

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