Eight to play in NFL Europe

Four were on Green Bay's active roster at times in 2005

The Green Bay Packers have allocated eight players to the NFL Europe League for its 2006 season. Four of the players spent time on Green Bay's 53-man roster last season.

The 2006 NFLEL training camp full-team practices began Feb. 15. The 10-week season opens on March 18 and continues through May 20. World Bowl XIV will be played May 27 at LTU Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany. The league's schedule starts earlier than in previous years to accommodate this summer's 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany schedule.

Here is the NFLEL team that each of the Packers were allocated to this year:

Amsterdam Admirals: Safety Atari Bigby, wide receivers Chad Lucas and Vince Butler, tight end Tory Humphrey

Rhein Fire: Cornerback Therrian Fontenot, guard Pete Traynor

Frankfurt Galaxy: Defensive tackle Jerome Nichols

Berlin Thunder: Quarterback Brian Wrobel

Bigby, Fontenot, Humphrey and Lucas spent time on Green Bay's 53-man roster during the 2005 regular season. Two players, Traynor and Wrobel, were born and raised in Wisconsin. Traynor, from Milton, Wis., went on to play at the University of Iowa. Wrobel, of De Soto, Wis., played at Winona State.

After spending much of the season on the practice squad, Lucas made his NFL debut at Atlanta (Nov. 13), and didn't catch a pass. He was inactive for the following game against Minnesota (Nov. 21), but returned to the practice squad later that week.

Bigby, signed to the practice squad Nov. 1, was promoted to the active roster for the team's final two games, playing on special teams against Chicago (Dec. 25) and listed as inactive vs. Seattle (Jan. 1).

Fontenot spent the first 16 weeks of the season on the practice squad, and Humphrey was signed to the squad in mid-November after spending most of training camp in Green Bay. Both players were promoted during the last week of the season and played in the regular-season finale against the Seahawks.

Butler participated in the Packers' 2005 training camp after signing as an undrafted free agent in the spring. He was re-signed to the practice squad in November and spent the season's final eight weeks in Green Bay.

Nichols, Traynor and Wrobel all signed reserve/future contracts with Green Bay following the 2005 regular season.


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