Brohm On GB Practice Squad
Next game: Sunday, September 6th vs. Chicago
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- One day after being cut, quarterback Brian Brohm was back with the Green Bay Packers.
And while Packers general manager Ted Thompson knows this isn't exactly the way Brohm expected his NFL career to go, Thompson insists the former Louisville star can still become a productive player in the pros.
"We haven't given up on him, and we don't think he's given up, either," Thompson told reporters in Green Bay on Sunday.
Brohm was one of eight players signed to the team's practice squad Sunday.
Also among the team's signings were wide receiver Jake Allen, cornerback Trevor Ford, linebacker Cyril Obiozor, running back Kregg Lumpkin, tackle Jamon Meredith, defensive end Ronald Talley and nose tackle Anthony Toribio.
Brohm was considered a potential NFL star in college but has struggled after slipping to the Packers in the second round of last year's draft.
Matt Flynn, an unheralded seventh-round pick last year, beat out Brohm to become Aaron Rodgers' primary backup. Despite a nagging shoulder injury to Flynn, Brohm didn't play nearly well enough to challenge for the main backup job this year.
Thompson downplayed the idea that Green Bay might be looking to sign an experienced No. 3 quarterback, meaning Brohm likely would remain next in line behind Flynn if something were to happen to Rodgers.
Thompson also says the Packers aren't giving up on oft-injured former first-round draft pick Justin Harrell, one of four players the team placed on injured reserve Saturday.
"Nobody's given up on anybody," Thompson said. "The Packers haven't given up on him and he hasn't given up on the Packers, so we'll go forward."
Thompson said Harrell will undergo six to 10 months of "intense" rehabilitation and workout programs designed to build his core strength to make it less likely the injury will flare back up.
Thompson also sought to quell fans' anger at Harrell, who has played in only 13 regular season games, plus two playoff games, since the Packers took him in the first round of the 2007 draft.
"Nothing that's happened has been Justin's fault," Thompson said. "He's not a bad guy. He's trying his best, but we have these medical things that have come up, so we're going to try to get past that."
Thompson said the team faced tough decisions in making their final roster cuts Saturday. Among the most difficult was releasing popular wide receiver Ruvell Martin instead of Brett Swain, who is seen as a better special teams player.
"There were some really painful moments over the weekend, and that was clearly one of the more painful ones," Thompson said. "Ruvell was everything you asked of in a Packer. He's a good player, he's a great person, a great teammate, well-respected by his peers. At the same time we felt that Brett had earned a spot on the team."
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