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Packers add Nixon from practice squad; shelve Francois

Oct. 7, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers cornerback James Nixon goes through drills during training camp practice July 27 at Ray Nitschke Field.  H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers cornerback James Nixon goes through drills during training camp practice July 27 at Ray Nitschke Field. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media

The Green Bay Packers promoted cornerback James Nixon to the 53-man roster from the practice squad after placing inside linebacker Robert Francois on the injured reserve list, the team announced today.

Francois tore his Achilles tendon in Sunday’s 22-9 victory over the Detroit Lions after replacing an injured Brad Jones (hamstring) in the lineup.

Nixon is a 6-foot, 186-pound rookie from California University (Pa.), who has been on the practice squad for all four games this season.

He also was a practice squad member for the final 14 regular-season and two playoff games last season. He was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Arizona Cardinals in May 2012.

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