Cornerback placed on injured reserve

Blackmon had been plagued by injuries; Packers sign veteran guard/tackle

The Green Bay Packers Saturday placed cornerback Will Blackmon on the season-ending injured reserve list and signed offensive lineman Tyson Walter, the Packers announced.

Blackmon, selected by the Packers in the fourth round of the NFL Draft (115th overall) last April, played in four games this season, making 3 special teams stops and 1 pass breakup, and was inactive for the other six cgames because of a foot injury that he originally sustained during a May minicamp. Because of the injury, Blackmon was unable to participate in training camp. When he returned to practice in early September, he aggravated the injury, which set him back again. He suffered a rib injury Nov. 12 at Minnesota and did not play last Sunday against the New England Patriots.

Walter entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft choice (179th overall) of the Dallas Cowboys in 2002 out of Ohio State. In three seasons with the Cowboys (2002-04), he saw action in 40 games with nine starts, eight of those coming during his rookie campaign.

Waived by Dallas at the start of the 2005 season, Walter was out of football until he signed with the Houston Texans on Nov. 18 of that year, but did not see any game action for the Texans. He subsequently signed with the Washington Redskins as an unrestricted free agent on March 24, 2006. Walter played in two games for Washington this season and was inactive for another, before being waived on Oct. 23.

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