Little, Lucas waived

Safety injured hamstring against Carolina

The Green Bay Packers Tuesday waived wide receiver Chad Lucas and safety Earl Little, and released fullback Greg Hanoian from the practice squad.

Lucas, promoted from the practice squad Nov. 9 to provide depth at wide receiver, made his NFL debut four days later at Atlanta. The team listed him as inactive Monday vs. Minnesota.

Little, an eighth-year veteran who had signed as a free agent during the off-season, had been placed on injured reserve (hamstring) prior to the Cincinnati game last month. Before the injury, he posted two tackles in the team's first four games. He was unable to beat out Mark Roman for the starting safety job in training camp.

Little has been rehabilitating at the Packers' facility the last two weeks and was deemed completely recovered from a hamstring injury. If Little is claimed on waivers the Packers would not be responsible for the remaining portion of his $665,000 base salary.

Because he is a vested veteran and was on the Packers' opening-day roster, Little was guaranteed his one-year salary and if not claimed would be able to recoup the rest of his 2005 salary from the Packers after the season, according to a report.

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