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Packers release LB Micah Johnson

May 13, 2013
 

The Green Bay Packers have released linebacker Micah Johnson in a move designed to clear additional space for tryout signings, a league source told Press-Gazette Media on Monday morning.

Johnson (6-2, 265) signed onto the Packersí practice squad on Dec. 31 after entering the league as a undrafted free agent with the New York Giants in May 2010.

The 24-year-old appeared in one game for the Miami Dolphins in 2010 and spent time on the practice squads of Miami, Kansas City and eventually Cincinnati, his most recent stop during the 2012 preseason.

A former teammate of Tim Masthay and Randall Cobb at Kentucky, Johnson moved from a defensive end in Cincinnatiís defense to an outside linebacker with the Packers, but was attempting a switch back to his natural position at inside mike linebacker.

"I'm just learning to pass rush. That's been the biggest thing for me," said Johnson on Saturday. "A lot of people don't know I played inside linebacker up until last year when Cincinnati moved me to d-end. It's a whole other craft I'm being able to learn and sit down with for the first time."

During his senior year at Kentucky in 2009, Johnson led the Wildcats with 105 tackles and 6 1/2 sacks playing inside.

Itís not uncommon for the Packers to create additional room on the 90-man roster following rookie orientation. Last season, they released offensive lineman Chris Campbell to help make way for five tryout signings.

The roster stood at 84 players entering the weekend with only three tryout signings being reported thus far following the conclusion of the rookie camp: Arizona receiver-turned-cornerback Brandon Smith, Washington fullback Jonathan Amosa and Illinois State receiver Tyrone Walker.

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