Three added to roster

Williams, Thurman return; Green placed on injured reserve

The Green Bay Packers Tuesday re-signed two players who were with the team during training camp, and placed running back Ahman Green on season-ending injured reserve.

Green Bay replaced Green with running back Walter Williams. The Packers also brought back wide receiver Andrae Thurman and signed free agent wide receiver Taco Wallace to beef up their depleted receiving corp.

To make room for Wallace, the Packers released wide receiver Jamal Jones. In addition Tuesday, the club replaced offensive lineman Joe Hayes on its practice squad with tight end Lyonel Anderson.

The Packers had former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell in for a workout on Tuesday, but decided not to sign him. Mitchell underwent arthroscopic knee surgery about six weeks ago after he was released by the Kansas City Chiefs.

"Everyone has their own personnel decisions to make," Mitchell's agent Matt Couloute told the Green Bay Press-Gazette. ""I'm not really sure why they didn't sign him. He's healthy. He's back to 100 percent, but I'm not sure what happened."

The Packers likely went with Wallace because of general manager Ted Thompson's familiarity with him, he's younger, and possibly because he's not as out-spoken as Mitchell.

In 2003, Thompson, then with the Seattle Seahawks, selected Wallace, a 6-foot, 192-pound receiver out of Kansas State, in the seventh-round of the NFL draft. Wallace, 24, was waived in the Seahawks' final preseason roster cutdown in each of the last three years. He re-signed to the Seattle practice squad in both 2003 and '04, and earned promotions to the 53-man roster each season. He made his NFL debut late in 2003, and also played in Green Bay's 2003 NFC Wild Card win over Seattle. Last season, Wallace played in three games without a reception.

Williams, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound running back from Grambling State, spent the last two training camps with the Packers. During the 2005 preseason, Williams caught four passes for 23 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown, and carried 17 times for 44 yards. He also returned one kickoff for 17 yards and made four special-teams tackles.

Williams, who did not work out for any team after his release in early September, has been slowed by ankle injuries. He rushed six times for 42 yards against Houston last year but sustained a high ankle sprain and was placed on injured reserve. He also missed the early part of training camp this season with an ankle injury.

Williams steps in behind Tony Fisher and Rashard Lee in Green Bay's backfield.

Thurman, a 5-foot-11, 192-pound receiver out of Southern Oregon, also spent portions of the 2004 and '05 seasons with the Packers. Thurman, signed to the Titans' practice squad after Green Bay waived him in its final preseason reduction, caught two passes for 27 yards in 2005 preseason action, and was the Packers' leading kickoff returner (eight returns, 214 yards, 26.8 avg.). He was activated to the team's 53-man roster on Sept. 9.

Thurman was added from the practice squad to serve as the No. 4 receiver with Robert Ferguson (head, neck) out in Green Bay's final two games in 2004.

He was released Monday, shortly after he was suspended for a violation of team rules.

Anderson (6-foot-3, 253 pounds, rookie, Kansas) spent 2005 training camp in Cincinnati. He replaces offensive lineman Joe Hayes on the team's practice squad.

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