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Packers Add Jordan Tripp to Boost ILB Depth

The Packers' starting inside linebackers played a combined eight snaps vs. Seattle.

Jordan Tripp, who started at linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks two weeks ago, has signed with the Green Bay Packers, ESPN.com’s Adam Caplan reported.

Tripp, who fills the roster spot created with defensive tackle Mike Pennel’s suspension, will provide badly needed depth at inside linebacker. Against Seattle on Sunday, backup Joe Thomas started and played all 71 snaps, starter Jake Ryan played eight snaps, starter Blake Martinez missed a third consecutive game with a knee injury and backup Carl Bradford was relegated to special teams.

Tripp was a fifth-round pick by Miami in 2014. He played 13 games for the Dolphins as a rookie, 12 games with one start for Jacksonville in 2015 and seven games with the one start for Seattle this season.

At Montana, he was a five-year letterman, four-year starter and two-time finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to the best defensive player in the FCS ranks. He left Montana ranked fourth in career tackles and ninth in tackles for losses. At the 2014 Scouting Combine, Tripp (6-3, 237) tested extremely well with a 4.67 in the 40-yard dash, a 37.5-inch vertical leap and a sizzling 3.96 in the 20-yard shuttle that was beaten by only one defensive player.

After recording just one tackle in 19 snaps in his start against the Buccaneers, he was placed on injured reserve with a thigh injury. The Seahawks released him from IR on Saturday.

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