The 23-year-old New Orleans native was Southern University's leading receiver as a senior in 2001 with 69 catches for 1,052 yards and 8 touchdowns, posting five 100-yard receiving games along the way. Earlier, as a prep, he returned three punts for touchdowns as a senior at Kennedy High School in New Orleans.
Brookins left the Packers facilities on Tuesday and never looked back. After Monday night's exhibition game against Cleveland, Brookins as well as all players are required to turn their playbook in for new play inserts. Brookins was asked for his playbook and he thought that it meant he was officially released.
Brookins suited up for Monday night's preseason game but did not play. He has played sparingly in Green Bay's first three preseason games.
"In our new facility, we have a nice in-house communication process - it's fool-proof," Packers coach/GM Mike Sherman explained, tongue-in-cheek, "and he misread the foolproof communication on our video monitors. He thought he was cut and he wasn't cut. He was asked to turn in his playbook - as all the players do after the game - his name was on there along with that of Mike Flanagan, a couple other starters and a couple other players. But then he thought he was supposed to turn in his playbook for good, I guess...so it was a misunderstanding on his part."
The Packers and Brookins' agent tried contacting the running back as he was driving to his home in Missouri, but Brookins' mobile phone was turned off. It is uncertain if he will return to play in Friday's exhibition game against the Tennessee Titans at Lambeau Field.