Thierry to miss rest of season

GREEN BAY - The Packers lost another veteran defensive player for the season Wednesday when defensive end John Thierry was placed on the injured reserve list.<p> Thierry, who had two surgeries in the offseason to repair injuries, sprained his knee against the Cleveland Browns.<p> In his place, the Packers signed veteran defensive end Jared Tomich, a former New Orleans Saint.<p> Thierry joins veteran safety LeRoy Butler on the injured reserve list.<p>

Butler, who had played in 181 straight games, broke his shoulder blade on Nov. 18 and will miss the rest of the season.

Thierry finished the year with 29 tackles, 3.5 sacks and two fumbles recoveries.

Tomich, 6-3 and 281 pounds, is a fifth-year professional. A second-round draft selection out of Nebraska by the Saints in 1997, he played in 55 games for New Orleans over the past four seasons (1997-2000), with 18 starts.

The 27-year-old Lake Central, Ind., native had his most productive season in 1998, making 26 tackles - 21 of them unassisted - while playing in all 16 games. Not invited to re-sign by New Orleans this year, he signed on with the Arizona Cardinals July 27, 2001, and subsequently was terminated August 28. He had been out of football since.

As a collegian, Tomich was a Walter Camp first team All-America selection as a senior, a year in which he posted 91 tackles, including 26 for loss, and 16 sacks. He also was a finalist for the Lombardi Award and the Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Year trophy.

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