The Packers Tuesday officially were awarded Rod Gardner on waivers from the Carolina Panthers. Gardner, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound wide receiver out of Clemson, played in 10 games this season for the Panthers, catching nine passes for 84 yards with one touchdown.
With Gado out, the Packers likely will be seeking a running back to fill his roster spot. Rookie Noah Herron stepped in for Gado on Monday night as the primary running back on base downs while Tony Fisher remained in his third-down role. Herron finished with 2 yards on three carries against the Ravens in his only carries of the season. He was signed by the Packers Nov. 30 as a free agent. Coach Mike Sherman said Fisher will start this Sunday against the Bears with Herron as the backup. It is probable that the Packers will sign a running back this week.
The Redskins' first-round selection (15th overall) in the 2001 NFL Draft, Gardner played his first four years in Washington before the team traded him to Carolina this past July. Gardner had a catch in each of his first 55 NFL games. The streak ended in 2004, one week after he posted a pair of touchdown receptions in a loss to the Packers at FedEx Field.
In 74 NFL games, Gardner has 236 catches for 3,081 yards (13.1-yard average) and 23 touchdowns.
Gardner's commitment to football has been questioned and is one of the reasons why he was released by the Panthers.
Gardner, who'll wear No. 82, takes the 53rd spot on the Packers' active roster. The roster had been at 52.
Practice squad shuffled
The Packers signed DT Tim McGill and FB Jimmy Dixon Wednesday to their practice squad and released DE Elliott Harris and FB Greg Hanoian.
McGill, a 6-foot-2, 316-pound defender from Illinois, spent most of 2004 on the Jets' practice squad, then earned All-NFL Europe honors this past spring for the Hamburg Sea Devils. Waived by New York at the end of the preseason, he was claimed by Miami and spent the season's first four weeks on the 53-man roster of the Dolphins. Inactive for those four games, he was waived by Miami in October then re-signed to the team's practice squad, where he remained until his Dec. 15 release. McGill also has experience in the Arena Football League.
Dixon, a 6-foot-1, 237-pound rookie out of Georgia Tech, had originally signed as a nondrafted free agent with Tennessee in April. Waived at the end of the preseason, he had been out of football until signing with the Packers.