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Packers add veteran guard Wells

Aug 08, 2012 -- 11:14pm
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GREEN BAY – It was only 9 p.m. out in San Diego, so maybe they didn’t qualify as late-night roster moves out there. Nonetheless, the Green Bay Packers announced four transactions late Wednesday night.

The team added veteran guard Reggie Wells, claimed wide receiver Andy Brewer off waivers from Philadelphia, placed undrafted rookie free agent Jaymes Brooks on reserve/physically unable to perform list and placed undrafted rookie tackle Mike McCabe on injured reserve.

The 6-foot-4, 318-pound Wells is entering his 10th NFL season and brings a level of experience – 117 regular-season games played and 91 starts – that the Packers’ line has lacked. Wells, who has started games at left guard (79), right tackle (10) and left tackle (two), spent the majority of his career with the Arizona Cardinals, who took him in the sixth round out of Clarion University (Pa.) in 2003.

He played 104 games for the Cardinals (90 starts) before being traded to Philadelphia and spending the 2010 season with the Eagles (eight games, one start) and last season with the Carolina Panthers (five games). He will wear No. 68 for the Packers.

Brewer, a 6-foot-2, 216-pound first-year player out of Northwestern, signed with the Eagles as a free agent on July 31, 2012, after playing for the United Football League’s Omaha Nighthawks in 2010 and 2011. After beginning his career at Northwestern as a quarterback, Brewer moved to wide receiver and went on to catch 76 passes for 1,118 yards (14.7 avg.) and nine TDs during his career for the Wildcats. As a senior in 2009, Brewer set a single-season school record by averaging 16.2 yards per reception as he caught 57 passes for 925 yards and nine TDs.

Brooks, a rookie from Virginia Tech, signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent on May 7 but has never practiced with the team, having arrived for the rookie orientation camp with a hamstring injury. By placing him on the PUP list for the regular season, he’s ineligible to practice or play in a game until after the season’s sixth week.

McCabe, a rookie from Holy Cross, signed with Green Bay as an undrafted free agent on May 3. He sustained a hip injury in practice on July 28 and has been sidelined since.

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