The Packers are seeking a running back to fill the void left by Ahman Green, who was lost for the season with a ruptured quadriceps tendon Sunday against Minnesota. Williams also was used as a kickoff returner during the preseason with the Packers.
The Packers also have been hit hard with injuries at wide receiver. Robert Ferguson will be sidelined for two to four weeks with a sprained left knee. The Packers are down to Donald Driver, Antonio Chatman and Jamal Jones at wide receiver. Jones was on the team's practice squad three weeks ago before he was promoted to the active roster when Terrence Murphy suffered a season-ending neck injury Oct. 3 against Carolina. The Packers have been playing without Pro Bowl receiver Javon Walker, who tore ligaments in his knee in the season opener.
Mitchell was released by the Eagles this off-season and signed by the Kansas City Chiefs in June. He was released by the Chiefs on the team's final cutdown. Mitchell underwent knee surgery in early September. He returned to Kansas City to work out for the Chiefs on Oct. 14, but the Chiefs did not re-sign him.
The 25th overall pick of the 2001 NFL Draft by Philadelphia, Mitchell started just 17 of 63 games for the Eagles in four seasons. He had 90 catches for 1,263 yards (14.0 avg. per catch).
Packers fans remember Mitchell from his famous fourth-and-26 catch in the divisional playoffs on Jan. 11, 2004. The catch in the final minute of regulation helped the Eagles rally and win the game in overtime, 20-17.