Packers sign three to fill practice squad

One is a familiar face, Fred Bledsoe from Arkansas, while the others have interesting stories. One of the openings came when the Jaguars signed Kennard Cox away from Green Bay.

The Green Bay Packers announced they filled their eight-man practice squad on Wednesday by signing three players, including former Arkansas defensive tackle Fred Bledsoe.

The others are cornerback Joshua Abrams and running back Steven Korte.

Last week, the Packers promoted defensive tackle Alfred Malone, and cornerback Joe Porter to the active roster. That opened two of the three spots. The other came, interestingly, when the Jacksonville Jaguars — the opponent on Sunday — signed defensive back Kennard Cox to their active roster on Tuesday. Cox, a seventh-round pick by the Buffalo Bills in April, was signed by the Packers to their practice squad in late October.

Bledsoe had a short stint on the practice squad earlier this season but was released on Nov. 13 when the team decided to add Carson-Newman rookie defensive tackle Anthony Toribio.

Bledsoe started his Razorbacks career on the defensive line, shifted to the offensive line during his sophomore season to help an injury-plagued unit, then moved back to defense. The move perhaps derailed his career; after playing 11 games as a true freshman, he played in just one as a junior. As a senior last year, he played in 13 games with two starts — the only two starts of his career — tallying 36 tackles (22 solo) and four tackles for loss.

Bledsoe, 6-foot-3 and 329 pounds, will wear No. 95.

Abrams played sparingly as a running back at Ohio but he'll play cornerback in Green Bay. As a senior, he carried the ball 13 times for 40 yards and a touchdown. Where he made his mark is on special teams. He averaged 26.3 yards per kickoff return with one touchdown, blocked three kicks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery as a senior. The 5-foot-11, 196-pound rookie will wear No. 41.

Korte was suspended for the 2007 season for plagiarizing a term paper in 2006, according to a story by's Tom Marino. Korte wowed scouts at LSU's pro day, though, by running the 40-yard dash in 4.37 and 4.39 seconds. A major knee injury sustained during his freshman season derailed his career and he never lived up to being a big-time recruit. He considered transferring after the suspension but instead declared himself eligible for the draft but was not selected. The 6-foot, 225-pound rookie will wear No. 43.

The others on the practice squad are receiver Jake Allen, receiver Brett Swain, center Brennen Carvalho (all holdovers from training camp), receiver Lorne Sam (UTEP) and Toribio.

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