Packers send 19 to Europe

The Green Bay Packers are sending a whopping 19 players to Europe, but this will be no vacation. Steve Morley and B.J. Sander head the list of players shipped overseas for NFL Europe.

Of the 19 playing in the spring developmental league, 13 spent time with the Packers last season. Most of the others were off-season free-agent acquisitions.

Some familiar names going to Europe are:

— Wide receiver Sam Breeden to Frankfurt

— Cornerback Chris Day to Rhein

— Guard Joe Hayes to Berlin

— Wide receiver/kick returner Kelvin Kight to Amsterdam

— Quarterback Scott McBrien to Rhein

— Guard Steve Morley to Rhein

— Punter B.J. Sander's destination has not been determined

— Defensive end Seante Williams to Frankfurt.

The others are:

— Linebacker John Garrett to Amsterdam

— Tight end Sparky Hamilton to Rhein

— Wide receiver Jamal Jones to Frankfurt

— Safety Chonn Lacey to Frankfurt

— Wide receiver Mike Marker to Cologne

— Linebacker Nick McNeil to Hamburg

— Linebacker Shawn Morgan to Hamburg

— Guard Joe Quinn to Rhein

— Defensive tackle Doug Sims to Rhein

— Safety Art Smith to Hamburg

— Safety Wendell Williams to Cologne

The left-handed McBrien showed plenty of promise during training camp but did not show enough during the preseason games to beat out Craig Nall to be the third quarterback or merit a spot on the practice squad. In three games he completed 6 of 13 passes for 40 yards and an interception.

Morley started the first two preseason games as Mike Wahle recovered from a knee injury. He spent the season on the 53-player roster but never made the 45-player game-day roster.

Sander, one of the Packers' three third-round picks, bombed during the intrasquad scrimmage and the preseason. That forced the Packers to pluck 40-year-old Bryan Barker from likely retirement. Sander, however, was kept on the 53-player roster as head coach and former general manager Mike Sherman feared another team would sign Sander had he been released and placed on the practice squad.

Training camp begins Feb. 25, with the season kickoff the weekend of April 2-3. The season culminates with World Bowl XIII on June 11 in Dusseldorf, Germany.


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