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Friday, October 18, 2013
Packers add rookie receiver Harper

By Rob Demovsky

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers have added another young player to their banged-up receiving corps.

The Packers were awarded rookie Chris Harper off waivers Friday, one day after he was released by the San Francisco 49ers. The move was first reported by colleague Bill Williamson, who covers the 49ers.

To make room for the 6-1, 229-pound Harper, the Packers released rookie running back Michael Hill, who was promoted from the practice squad Sept. 30.

Harper already has been released by two NFL teams. He was originally a fourth-round draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks in April but was released Aug. 31. Harper signed with the 49ers on Sept. 2 and had been practicing as a hybrid receiver/tight end. However, he was inactive for all six games before he was released.

It’s unlikely Harper would play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

Harper became the second receiver the Packers added to their roster this week. They promoted rookie Myles White from the practice squad Tuesday after Randall Cobb was placed on injured reserve/designated to return because of his broken fibula. The Packers also listed James Jones (knee) as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Browns.