Veteran in for Workout

Looking to improve their depleted linebacker corps, the Packers brought five-time Pro Bowl linebacker Cornelius Bennett to Green Bay Tuesday for a workout. Green Bay enters Sunday's game against Cleveland without starter Nate Wayne and backup Chris Gizzi.

Bennett, 36, has been out of football since the end of last season when he played for Indianapolis. He played mainly strong-side linebacker with the Colts. He did not attend a training camp with any NFL team this year after he was released by the Colts in the off-season.

Wayne is expected to miss his second straight game with a broken bone in his lower back. Gizzi is expected to undergo a microsurgical diskectomy today and probably will be lost for the rest of the season. That leaves rookie Torrance Marshall as the Packers' starter at weakside linebacker. Marshall has been a backup all season at middle linebacker behind Bernardo Harris, but was told by coaches prior to Green Bay's game Sunday against Tennessee that he will be starting on the weakside.

Bennett, 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, played for nine seasons in Buffalo and three with the Atlanta Falcons. He signed a free agent contract with Indianapolis in 1999 and started in 31 of 32 games.

Bennett was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1988, '90, '91, '92, and '93.

"We want to see how much he still wants to play," said Mark Hatley, Packers' vice president of football operations, told the Green Bay Press-Gazette.


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