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Packers Claim Tackle Grady Jackson

November 5, 2003

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) _ Troubled defensive tackle Grady Jackson was claimed Tuesday by the Green Bay Packers on waivers from New Orleans.

Jackson, who has been unable to keep his weight down, had just completed a one-week suspension by the Saints. He did not play Sunday against Tampa Bay because he did not report to the team hotel for a home game the previous week against the Carolina Panthers.

Jackson did not play in that game because of an injury to the small finger of his left hand. He had surgery on the finger that week to reattach the ligament.

He was drawing weekly fines for being overweight.

The 6-foot-2, 330-pound Jackson, a seven-year veteran, had 30 tackles and 3 1/2 quarterback sacks in seven games before being placed on waivers Monday.

Packers coach and general manager Mike Sherman said defensive tackle Rod Walker was placed on injured reserve to make room on the roster for Jackson.

Walker sat out Sunday night’s 30-27 victory over Minnesota with a knee injury sustained Oct. 19 against St. Louis.

The Packers also released defensive tackle Michael Landry from the practice squad.

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