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Akins, Packers part ways

Safety Chris Akins and Packers GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman sat down to hash things out Thursday. When they emerged from their meeting, Sherman had decided the "time was right for the team's relationship with Akins to "go another direction." <p> In other words, the Packers will officially cut Akins today, according to a team release.<p>

Akins did not participate in practice Thursday, marking the end of his year-long stint with the team. His tenure had been quiet until the Packers' loss to Atlanta Nov. 18. Akins incurred a costly personal foul penalty late in that close contest. He compounded the infraction by engaging in a heated exchange with Sherman on the sidelines. Veteran teammates restrained, then reprimanded Akins after the embarrassing display.

Akins was playing in place of LeRoy Butler, who suffered a broken shoulder blade in the game.

The safety was fined a game paycheck due to the incident. Akins also was penalized twice in Monday night's 28-21 win at Jacksonville for interference penalties on punt returns.

Akins, originally a seventh-round draft choice of the Packers in 1999, was primarily a special teams player where he recorded seven tackles this season.

The move will open a spot on the team's 53-man roster. Sherman and his staff are working to fill the open position and will officially announce the move today, according to a Packers' report. He also confirmed that recent addition Matt Bowen will take over Akins' role on special teams.

In other news, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila missed practice today due to illness and wide receiver Robert Ferguson was added to the team's injury report and listed as probable with a hamstring injury.


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