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Peprah's release opens door for Jennings, McMillian

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Either second-year pro M.D. Jennings or rookie Jerron McMillian is likely to get extensive playing time at safety this season now that the Packers have cut veteran Charlie Peprah after he failed his physical because of a lingering knee injury. Peprah, 29, missed all of the team's offseason practices because of the injury but still was expected to compete with Jennings and McMillian for playing time opposite Morgan Burnett at safety in the Packers' nickel and dime defenses, if not on some base-defense downs also. Peprah told ESPN Milwaukee, which first reported his release, that his injury probably was one factor but suggested the Packers also might have wanted to go with younger players anyway. “It caught me off guard, I was surprised,” Peprah said. “I didn’t pass my physical right away, so I’m assuming that had something to do with (the release). They might’ve been leaning this way anyway. I’ve never been in this situation before, coming into camp beat up a little bit. I didn’t know how they’d handle it. I guess I know now.” Jennings, a second-year pro, made the team last season as an undrafted rookie. McMillian was a fourth-round draft pick this year.

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