Defensive tackle sent packing

Packers coach Mike McCarthy revealed today that the team has released Donnell Washington. The defensive tackle was selected by former coach and general manager Mike Sherman in the third round of the 2004 NFL draft and never played in a game for Green Bay.

Washington was held out of the team's first off-season mini-camp this year because he was overweight. He participated in the second mini-camp and in some of the current Organized Team Activity practices, but was released on Thursday.

"We had the situation there with the first mini-camp, but I never gave him an ultimatum," said McCarthy. "This is professional sports and we just went in another direction."

Washington was on Green Bay's injured reserve list the entire 2004 season with a foot/arch injury sustained early in training camp. Washington made the roster last year, but was inactive all 16 games.

Washington reported to the first mini-camp overweight and wasn't allowed to practice. He lost some weight since that time, but apparently is still far short of McCarthy's expectations.


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