Roster moves

The Green Bay Packers signed offensive tackle Darnell Alford and safety Todd Franz to the team's practice squad today.<p> The 6-4, 339-pound Alford, a third-year professional waived by Kansas City Sept. 1, 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.<p>

Alford joined the team in time for this afternoon's practice. He was with the Berlin Thunder of the NFL Europe League this spring, then 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.

Alford, 25, started 31 of 33 career games at Boston College and was a key performer in a BC offensive line that helped Michael Cloud become the school's all-time leading rusher with a career total of 3,597 yards, recording 147 knockdown blocks during his three-year collegiate career and earning first-team All-Big East Conference honors as a senior.

Franz, a free agent from the University of Tulsa, was released by the Packers in the team's final cutdown on Sunday. The 6-foot, 194-pound defender had 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.

To make room for Franz, the Packers released rookie cornerback Erwin Swiney, who was signed to the practice squad on Monday. Swiney closed out the preseason as the Packers' second-leading tackler with 19 stops, 18 of them solo. He also recorded one quarterback sack.


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