With Rossum Ailing, Packers Sign Returner

The Packers signed former Iowa State wide receiver/kick returner J.J. Moses to the team's practice squad today.

Moses, 5-6 and 173 pounds, was originally signed by Kansas City as a free agent April 25, 2001, and had been with the Chiefs through training camp and the preseason before being waived Aug. 29.

Moses was likely signed as insurance because the Packers' regular return specialist, Allen Rossum, has been bothered by a sore hamstring. Rossum suffered his injury in late August, then aggravated it again in the season opener against the Detroit Lions. Wide receiver Antonio Freeman has filled in for Rossum on punt returns and running back Rondell Mealey has been returning kicks in Rossum's absence.

The Packers listed Rossum as questionable, meaning he has a 50-50 chance to play, on their mid-week injury report for Sunday's game at Carolina.

Moses, 22, had nearly 3,000 all-purpose yards (2,992) for Iowa State's Cyclones during his collegiate career, snaring 82 passes for 1,226 yards, returning 43 kickoffs for 950 yards (a 22.1-yard average), 45 punts for 411 yards (a 9.1 average) and rushing 73 times for 405 yards (a 5.5 average). As a senior during the 2000 season, he caught a team-leading 51 passes for 775 yards and 4 touchdowns, returning 20 punts 226 yards (an 11.3-yard average) and 21 kickoffs 291 yards (a 20.8 average).

Moses wsa a standout at Waterloo High School, where he broke his father's rushing record, gaining 1,331 yards (a 7.0 average) as a senior and earning all-state recognition in the process.

Defensive back Hurley Tarver was released to make room for the newcomer. THE END

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