Roster moves: Packers claim Seahawks safety

Adding depth their roster at safety, the Packers claimed Curtis Fuller on waivers from the Seattle Seahawks Monday. To make room on the roster, the Packers released defensive tackle Larry Smith.<p>

Fuller joins safeties Darren Sharper, Marques Anderson and Antuan Edwards. Cornerback Bhawoh Jue also can play safety but has been focused mainly on cornerback during the team's recent training camp. The Packers are in need depth at safety because Sharper has been bothered by a groin injury that he suffered during a preseason game Aug. 23 against Carolina.

Fuller, a third-year professional out of Texas Christian, played in all 16 games for Seattle in 2002, with one start, and had 33 tackles. The 5-11, 191-pound Forth Worth, Texas, native, was the Seahawks' second of three fourth-round selections in the 2001 NFL draft. He played in 10 games as a rookie, with one start.

Fuller was a three-year starter for TCU's Horned Frogs and closed out his career with 257 tackles, 192 of them unassisted, 3 interceptions and 19 passes defensed.

Smith was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars in mid-August and signed as a free agent with the Packers on Aug. 17.

The Packers also signed four players to the practice squad, including linebacker Steve Josue, defensive tackle Terdell Sands, offensive tackle Jason Jimenez, and wide receiver Scott Vines. Josue was the Packers' last of nine selections in this year's NFL draft.

Jimenez, out of Southern Mississippi, signed with Cleveland May 2, 2003, as a rookie free agent and was waived Aug. 26.

Vines signed with the Detroit Lions as a rookie free agent out of Wyoming this off-season and was waived Aug. 27.


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