Roster moves

The Packers have signed offensive tackle Darnell Alford, a former Kansas City Chief, and safety Todd Franz to the team's practice squad, GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman announced.

The Alford, a third-year prof waived by Kansas City this week, was a third-round draft selection of the Chiefs out of Boston College in 2000. He played in one game as a rookie and two during the 2001 season for the Chiefs.

Alford (6-4, 339-pounds), who was with the Berlin Thunder of the NFL Europe League in the league's recent 2002 season, played both left and right tackle in college but worked primarily at right tackle for the Chiefs during his first two seasons in Kansas City.

Franz, a free agent from the University of Tulsa, had been waived over the weekend as the Packers' reduced their regular-season roster to the NFL-mandated 53-player limit. The 6-foot, 194-pound defender had posted 4 solo tackles and one interception during the preseason, making a 42-yard return of the latter in the August 26 Bishop's Charities Game against Cleveland. He also had been credited with 2 passes defensed and 2 special teams stops.

Alford and Franz have been assigned jersey numbers 69 and 49, respectively.

In a related transaction, cornerback Erwin Swiney has been waived from the practice squad.

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