Five veterans released in first cutdown

The Green Bay Packers today waived 15 players, including five veterans, in order to reach the first mandated roster cutdown of the preseason.<p>

The veterans released included running back Ki-Jana Carter, a 7-year professional, and 11-year punter/placekicker Louie Aguiar, along with defensive end Aaron Fields, wide receiver Andy McCullough and linebacker Anthony Sessions, all second-year pros. All, except for Aguiar, did not play in Green Bay's 27-20 preseason victory over the Cleveland Browns Monday night.

The ten rookies and first-year players waived included linebackers Algie Atkinson and Kenny Harney, quarterback Marcus Brady, wide receivers Javon Green and Brian Haugabrook, safety Gana Joseph, cornerback Seneca McMillan, defensive tackle Ken Kocher, guard Chris Watton and tight end/fullback Bill Seymour.

The transactions leave the Packers with 73 players on the current roster, including 8 players granted exemptions because they were allocated to the NFL Europe League for the recent '02 season.

All NFL clubs must reduce their rosters to the regular-season limit of 53 players by 3 p.m. next Sunday, Sept. 1. Clubs may then establish a 5-player practice squad after 3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 2.

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