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Packers cut offensive lineman Van Roten

Feb. 11, 2014
 
Offensive lineman Greg Van Roten (64), appeared in the Packersí first three games of the 2013 season on special teams before suffering a foot injury in practice following their Week 4 bye. File/Press-Gazette Media
Offensive lineman Greg Van Roten (64), appeared in the Packersí first three games of the 2013 season on special teams before suffering a foot injury in practice following their Week 4 bye. File/Press-Gazette Media

The Green Bay Packers released offensive lineman Greg Van Roten, according to the NFL transaction wire.

Van Roten, who beat out Patrick Lewis in training camp for a reserve center spot behind Evan Dietrich-Smith and was also a backup guard, appeared in the Packersí first three games of the 2013 season on special teams before suffering a foot injury in practice following their Week 4 bye.

The 23-year-old Van Roten (6-foot-3, 303 pounds) was inactive in Weeks 5-6 and placed on injured reserve Oct. 15.

Van Roten originally was signed in July 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of Penn. He was waived in the final cutdown but signed Sept. 2, 2012, to the Packers' practice squad, where he spent the first five games.

The Packers signed Van Roten to the active roster on Oct. 13, 2012. He appeared in seven regular-season games and two playoff games, primarily on special teams.

Dietrich-Smith will become an unrestricted free agent. The other centers on the Packers roster include JC Tretter (6-4, 307), who missed most of his rookie year in 2013 with a broken ankle, and Garth Gerhart (6-1, 310), who finished last season on the practice squad.

Van Roten had one year remaining on his contract for $570,000 with no guarantees.
UPDATE (5:38 p.m. CST): Van Roten sent the following message on Twitter Tuesday afternoon: "Thank you Packer Nation for treating me so well during my time in Green Bay! A bitter and sudden ending but a memorable journey nonetheless."

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