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Chiefs Sign Former Packer Jerel Worthy to Practice Squad

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A former Packer who departed Green Bay this summer is looking to make a return to an NFL roster by signing on with a team led by a former Packers exec.

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One of the new quirks in the NFL's eligibility rules for the Practice Squad this year was the addition of the two "veteran" spots. These two spots on the ten-man squad could be taken up by players who have as many as two full years of experience on an NFL active roster.

The Green Bay Packers chose to use one of their "veteran" tags on second-year safety Chris Banjo, who played all 16 games with the team a year ago, but the other nine players on the squad do not take up a veteran spot since they fit the typical rules for practice squad eligibility.

However, another former Packer has snuck in under the two-year rule and has been signed to an NFL practice squad today. That someone is defensive end Jerel Worthy, a second-round pick of Ted Thompson's in 2012. Worthy was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs today to occupy one of their veteran practice squad slots, a move which was first brought to our attention by the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson.

Worthy was of course traded to the New England Patriots during the 2014 preseason after barely participating in the Packers' offseason program and starting training camp on the Non-Football Injury list. The Patriots released him on the final cut-down day, ensuring that the Packers did not get a draft pick in compensation.

Worthy's Packers career has been marred by injury, as he played 14 games during his rookie year but suffered a torn ACL in the final game that year. He returned to play in just two games a year ago for the Packers.

Worthy is the latest former Packer to sign with the Chiefs in some fashion since former Packers exec John Dorsey took over as Kansas City's General Manager. Dorsey has signed fellow defensive players Frank Zombo, Dezman Moses, and Jerron McMillian (though only Zombo currently remains on the roster). The Chiefs also worked out former Packers inside linebackers Desmond Bishop and Nick Barnett recently in the wake of starter Derrick Johnson's season-ending injury.

Head over to Arrowhead Pride for more on the Chiefs and their recent roster transactions.