Packers claim Lions wide receiver

With their receiver corp plagued by injuries, the Green Bay Packers today claimed wide receiver Shaun Bodiford on waivers from the Detroit Lions.

Prior to claiming Bodiford, the Packers also placed wide receiver Robert Ferguson on injured reserve.

The Packers likely will enter Sunday's game without wide receiver Greg Jennings, who sustained a sprained ankle during Green Bay's win on Sunday. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said today that Jennings underwent further testing this morning on his ankle. Jennings was injured with 8 seconds left in the second quarter of Sunday's game after catching a 14-yard pass from Brett Favre.

"They X-rayed him at the (Dolphin) stadium and my understanding is his ankle is not broken," said McCarthy. "They said it's an ankle sprain."

If Jennings does not play on Sunday, Donald Driver will be Green Bay's only receiver with significant experience. First-year pro Ruvell Martin, who caught his first two passes of his career against the Dolphins suddenly will be starting opposite Driver. Rookie Chris Francies, promoted from the practice squad last week, becomes Green Bay's No. 3 receiver with Bodiford behind Francies.

Francis had one catch for 12 yards against the Dolphins.

"I think Chris Francies had a big play opportunity and cashed in on it," said McCarthy. "I thought Ruvell Martin had a big catch on that last drive (19-yard catch). It was a third-down opportunity. They've been with us since training camp and have earned their spots on this team. They'll be counted on to play a role."

Ferguson, in his sixth season out of Texas A&M, sustained a foot injury at Philadelphia, Oct. 2. The receiver had been inactive each of the Packers' last two games.

The Packers also lost wide receiver Koren Robinson last week when he was banned from the NFL until next September for substance abuse violations.

Bodiford, a 5-foot-11, 186-pound rookie out of Portland State, made his NFL debut at St. Louis Oct. 1. He played in three games, recording one tackle on special teams. During the preseason, Bodiford also returned kickoffs and punts for Detroit.

A first-team All-Big Sky Conference selection as a 2005 senior at Portland State, Bodiford caught at least one pass in all 22 of his Division I games after transferring from junior college. The Lions signed him as a non-drafted free agent this past May.

On Green Bay's roster, Bodiford is listed as No. 19. Wide receiver Carlton Brewster now will wear No. 13.


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