Roster move

Packers sign running back off Bears' practice squad

With Vernand Morency sidelined due to a lower back injury, the Green Bay Packers Tuesday signed running back P.J. Pope from the Chicago Bears' practice squad. To make room for Pope, the Packers released center Chris White, Packers GM Ted Thompson announced.

Morency was injured in Green Bay's 31-14 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that Morency will be out at least two weeks, possibly more, depending on results of medical tests.

Pope, a 5-foot-9, 218-pound rookie from Bowling Green, had signed with the Bears as a non-drafted free agent this past spring. He led the Bears in rushing during the preseason with 153 yards on 40 carries (3.8 avg.) and one touchdown. He also had four catches for 43 yards (10.8 avg.) in non-league action.

Pope was Bowling Green's only player to rush for more than 3,000 yards (2002-05) and accumulate more than 1,000 receiving yards.

White, a second-year player, dressed but did not play in each of the Packers' first seven games.


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