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Packers to Use Rossum on Returns

January 19, 2002

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) _ Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman has decided to use Allen Rossum on kickoff returns instead of Dorsey Levens in Sunday’s playoff game at St. Louis.

Rossum hasn’t returned a kickoff since Thanksgiving, but Levens has a tender left shoulder. Tod McBride will be used as Rossum’s lead blocker.

``Dorsey dinged that shoulder, and I really need him to help us on the offensive side of the ball,″ Sherman said Friday after practice. ``If, in fact, we need him back there we’ll put him back there. But right now, we’re going to go with Rossum and McBride back there.″

Levens won NFC special teams player of the week honors after averaging more than 38 yards on four kickoff returns in the Packers’ regular-season finale against the New York Giants.

Rossum, in his first game since arthroscopic knee surgery in late November, returned punts in Green Bay’s first-round playoff victory over San Francisco last week. But he also interfered with Levens on two kickoff returns, which netted just 24 yards. Levens was injured on the second return.

Levens practiced again Friday in his red no-contact jersey.

Defensive end Cletidus Hunt, the only player who missed workouts Thursday, returned to practice Friday. Hunt was given medication for bronchitis Thursday night and said he felt much better Friday morning. Sherman said Hunt should start Sunday.

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