International players named

Packers have year off from adding player from different country to practice squad

The NFL today named 16 international football players to different teams as part of the NFL International Practice Squad Program. The initiative, which is entering its fifth year, will for the first time feature 16 players joining the practice squads of NFL teams to enhance the development of elite football talent from around the world. The expansion of the program was approved by NFL clubs at the league's spring meeting in May.

Linebacker Carl-Johan Bjork was on Green Bay's practice squad throughout last season. He will be on the Cincinnati Bengals' practice squad this season. The 26-year-old Swedish player spent the 2006 season on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad. He also played three seasons in NFL Europa.

Teams in the AFC North, AFC West, NFC South and NFC West divisions have been assigned players. Last year, the divisions opposite the aforementioned were assigned players.

More than 100 players competed at NFL International Player Development camps held in Europe and Asia in the past 12 months for the right to claim these coveted positions.

This year's class brings the total number of participants to 38 since the program's inception in 2004. One graduate of that initial class, Mexican guard Rolando Cantu, saw action in the Arizona Cardinals' regular-season finale against Indianapolis in 2005.

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