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Packers add DT Justin Hamilton to practice squad

The Packers complete their practice squad by signing Bruce Gaston's replacement.

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The Green Bay Packers no longer have a vacant spot on their practice squad. On Monday, the team announced the signing of Justin Hamilton, a rookie defensive tackle out of Louisiana-Lafayette.

The 6-foot-2, 315 pound Hamilton fills the void left by Bruce Gaston, who signed with the Chicago Bears a little over a week ago following season-ending injury to Ego Ferguson. Hamilton, a college teammate of fellow Green Bay practice squad member Christian Ringo, was a three-year starter during one of the most successful runs in Louisiana-Lafayette program history. While playing for the Ragin' Cajuns, he recorded 27 1/2 tackles for loss and 13 sacks. Hamilton also earned second-team All-Sun Belt honors in 2013 and first-team recognition this past year.

Hamilton went undrafted following his college career and signed with the Buffalo Bills earlier this offseason. The Bills released the defensive tackle during the final round of cuts on August 31. With his addition, Green Bay's practice squad has reached the 10-man limit.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an NFL writer for SB Nation and Sports on Earth and is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.