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Packers bring back Harrell, Gurley, West, five others to practice squad

Graham Harrell was brought back to the Packers' practice squad after not being claimed off waivers.
Graham Harrell was brought back to the Packers' practice squad after not being claimed off waivers.
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After finalizing the initial 53-man roster yesterday evening, the Green Bay Packers signed eight players to their practice squad Sunday morning. RB Brandon Saine, T/G Ray Dominguez, WR Diondre Borel, C Sampson Genus, QB Graham Harrell, WR Tori Gurley, CB Brandian Ross and WR Chastin West, all of whom were with the Packers in training camp, were all brought back to the practice squad. Also of note, Ted Thompson did not make a waiver claim on any players, so the initial 53-man roster stays intact for now.

Quarterback Graham Harrell: The Packers really rolled the dice by sending Harrell to waivers, but it paid off as no team claimed him and he is now back with the Packers. With just two quarterbacks on the active roster and backup Matt Flynn set to become a free agent, Harrell's services are important and it's good news that he is back in Green Bay.

Running Back Brandon Saine: The Packers decided to go with three running backs and John Kuhn in the backfield, which made Saine's services disposable. The Packers, however, are surely glad to bring him back as he showed solid, North-South running ability in the preseason.

Tackle/Guard Ray Dominguez: Thompson loves his versatile offensive linemen, and Dominguez is no exception. The massive, 6-foot, 4-inch Dominguez will provide depth for a thin Packers' offensive line and, at just 23 years old, still has room to grow. The Packers could still sign an unrestricted free agent lineman as depth before Week 1.

Wide Receiver Diondre Borel: An interesting story, Borel made the switch from quarterback to wide receiver and, because of the lockout, did not have much time to acclimate. He did, however, make a big enough impression on the coaching staff to develop the 22-year-old athlete. He is one of three wide receivers on the Packers' eight-man practice squad.

Center Sampson Genus: Many were surprised when C/G Nick McDonald did not make the 53-man roster, so it's even more surprising that Genus seemingly took his spot on the practice squad. Without a true backup center, the undersized Genus will have time to improve on the PS and will act as an emergency backup should starter Scott Wells miss any time.

Wide Receiver Tori Gurley: The Packers must be thankful Gurley, who had an outstanding preseason, was not claimed off waivers. He recorded nine catches for 81 yards and his massive frame (6-feet, 4-inches, 223 pounds) gives the Packers plenty to work with going forward. He will need to improve his hands, but he could very well be on the active roster by next year.

Cornerback Brandian Ross: After keeping just six cornerbacks, the Packers decided to bring back Ross, who cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt described as one of the smartest players he has ever coached. With 11 tackles and an interception in the preseason, the 21-year-old Whitt will have the opportunity to go up against one of the league's best receiving units every day in practice. He oozes with potential. Fellow cornerback Josh Gordy was another potential practice squad member.

Wide Receiver Chastin West: Like Gurley, it was interesting to see that no one put a claim in on West. The 24-year-old wideout was a member of the Packers' practice squad in 2010 but exploded onto the scene in the preseason, including a five-catch, 134-yard performance against the Cardinals. Again, like Gurley, West could easily be on the Packers' roster this time next year. He has the talent.


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