Roster move

Packers sign former Notre Dame quarterback, Francies released; Holliday thrives in Miami

The Green Bay Packers Tuesday claimed wide receiver Carlyle Holiday on waivers from the Arizona Cardinals and released wide receiver Chris Francies, the team announced.

Holiday, a 6-foot-2, 217-pound receiver out of Notre Dame, officially is a first-year player who has spent portions of the 2005-06 seasons on the Cardinals' practice squad. Originally signed as a non-drafted free agent following the '05 draft, Holiday spent three games on the 53-man roster as a rookie, playing in one contest. This season, he played in four Arizona games, including two starts, but did not catch a pass.

A former Fighting Irish quarterback, Holiday will wear No. 18 for the Packers.

Francies was promoted to the team's 53-man roster in mid-October from the practice squad. He played mainly on special teams and had two catches for 16 yards.

Quick take: Apparently Francies was more of a problem than solution on special teams and at wide receiver. The Packers need all kinds of help in both areas, so they are simply giving Holiday a shot to make some desperately needed plays.

Ex-Packer having a big season
Former Packers defensive tackle Vonnie Holliday is getting lost in the shadow of Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Taylor's heroic exploits this season as he is quietly putting together one of the best seasons of his career at age 30.

Holliday had a half sack and four quarterback hurries last Sunday against Jacksonville and now has 6.5 sacks, the most sacks since 2001 when he had seven for the Packers.

Holliday's career high is eight, accomplished his rookie season in Green Bay. Green Bay's first-round pick in 1998 (19th overall), Holliday played with the Packers through the 2002 season.

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