Roster Moves

Erwin Swiney's up and down fortunes in Green Bay have risen once more as the Packers re-signed the cornerback to the practice squad, GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman announced Monday.<p>

The Packers also re-signed defensive end John Gilmore to the practice squad.

Swiney and Gilmore replace defensive back Todd Franz, who has been cut, and offensive tackle Darnell Alford, who has been signed to the New York Jets' active roster.

Swiney, who earlier had been waived in the final, mandated roster reduction to the regular season limit of 53 players, was signed to the practice squad September 2, then waived September 4.

A rookie from the University of Nebraska, the 6-foot, 192-pound Swiney closed out the preseason as the Packers' second-leading tackler with 19 stops, 18 of them solo. He also posted one quarterback sack.

Gilmore comes from a predominantly basketball background and has local ties. A Houston, Texas, native, he played college basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1996, at Tyler, Texas, Junior College (1997-98), and Oklahoma State (1998-1999) before moving on to Tennessee State (2000-2001), where he averaged 10.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game as a senior.

Earlier this year, the 6-4, 283-pound Texan returned to football for the first time since high school, signing on with the Packers as a free agent February 8, 2002, prior to being allocated to the Amsterdam Admirals of the NFL Europe League for their '02 season. He recorded 5 tackles in seven games with the Admirals, making three starts.

Gilmore joined the Packers for the preseason, posting 2 tackles, forcing one fumble and breaking up a pass.

Swiney and Gilmore have been re-assigned jersey numbers 26 and 61, respectively.


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