Couch has frayed cuff

Quarterback Tim Couch, who was released by the Green Bay Packers prior to the 2004 season, has been diagnosed with fraying in his right rotator cuff, according to his agent.<p>

Couch struggled with the Packers early in training camp last year. He took a number of reps during the first two weeks of practice after third-string quarterback Craig Nall injured his hamstring in the first practice. Couch then missed a number of practices with a sore arm. Couch played in Green Bay's first two preseason games and sat out the last two before his contract was terminated on Sept. 5. In two preseason games with Green Bay, Couch completed just 32.4% of his passes (11 of 34 for 96 yards) and had a passer rating of 41.5

Green Bay gave Couch a guaranteed signing bonus of $625,000 as part of a one-year deal. He spent the rest of the 2004 season out of football. Couch met with the Chicago Bears during the season, but could not throw on the second day of a two-day tryout.

Couch's agent, Tom Condon, said Couch's rotator cuff did not require surgery. Couch currently is rehabbing his shoulder and working out in Miami. Couch is hoping to sign with a team when free agency begins on March 2.

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