Gordon shown the door

Darrien Gordon, who has struggled as a return specialist and defensive back with the Green Bay Packers this season, was placed on waivers.<p>

The Packers also placed running back Jay Graham on waivers, GM/head Coach Mike Sherman announced today.

Gordon, signed a one-year contract with the Packers on July 16 for the veteran's minimum of $750,000. After leading the National Football Conference in punt returns as a member of the Atlanta Falcons in 2001, Gordon ranked 14th in the National Conference after 13 games with a 5.1-yard average for 35 runbacks. He had averaged 14.1 yards per return, the second-highest average of his NFL career, last season.

Ironically, Gordon had his best game as a punt returner Sunday night in the Packers' win over the Minnesota Vikings. He returned two punts for 24 yards, including a 22-yard return.

In addition to returning punts, the 10-year veteran was the team's sixth defensive back, posting 5 tackles, 4 of them unassisted.

During the season, Gordon moved into third place in NFL history with 3,601 punt return yards, passing Eric Metcalf (3,454) en route.

Graham, a fifth-year professional, had been signed as a free agent Nov. 21 to provide the Packers with a veteran reserve at halfback for the season's stretch run, replacing the injured Najeh Davenport (eye) on the active roster. He posted a special teams tackle against Chicago Dec. 1; and had one rushing attempt for a 3-yard gain and 2 receptions for 6 yards against the Minnesota Vikings in last weekend's game.

Graham, the fourth-ranking rusher in University of Tennessee history, began the 2002 season in Seattle's training camp and was released by the Seahawks in their final roster reduction for the regular season Sept 1.


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