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Packers Sign Veteran Tackle Smith

August 18, 2003

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) _ The Green Bay Packers signed veteran Larry Smith on Sunday, giving him a chance at nose tackle after losing Gilbert Brown to a biceps injury last week.

Smith was cut by Jacksonville last week after he came to practice 30 minutes late. He reported to Jaguars camp out of shape and collapsed on the field July 27 because of heat exhaustion.

``It all went down pretty quick,″ said Smith, who practiced with Green Bay on Sunday. ``One week I’m in Jacksonville and the next week I’m in Green Bay. I’m glad to be here and will do whatever the coaches want me to do. It’s a fresh start. It’s pretty much a blessing to be in Green Bay.″

The Packers spent the last week pursuing Dan Wilkinson after Brown was injured in an exhibition game Aug. 9 at Atlanta.

Wilkinson, released July 29 by the Washington Redskins after he refused to take a pay cut, signed with the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

The Packers made room for Smith on their roster by placing defensive back Bryant Westbrook on injured reserve with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Smith, a second-round draft pick by the Jaguars in 1999, never met Jacksonville’s expectations. He has started just seven of 51 NFL games. He had 44 career tackles and played in 15 games last season.

``He was a high draft pick at one time and he’s a big man who has some quickness off the ball,″ coach Mike Sherman said. ``I want to take a good look at him and see if he can

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