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Packers promote John Crockett to 53, release Alonzo Harris, per report

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One undrafted free agent takes the job of another.

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The Green Bay Packers decided to make some alterations to their backfield on Thursday. According to ESPN's Rob Demovsky, the team promoted running back John Crockett from the practice squad, releasing fellow ball carrier Alonzo Harris in a corresponding move.

Both Crockett and Harris entered the season as undrafted free agents on the Packers' 90-man roster. Crockett, the more decorated of the two after a record-setting career at North Dakota State, suffered a sprained ankle early in camp and played sparingly during the preseason. Harris, meanwhile, managed to produce despite a broken hand, securing the final spot in the backfield. Still, Green Bay liked what they saw in Crockett, who stuck around on the practice squad.

While Neal displays the traits of a pure power back, Crockett possesses more shiftiness and versatility. Those characteristics may have played a role in convincing the Packers to bring him onto the 53. It's also possible another team tried to sign Crockett, and the team felt their only chance at convincing him to stay was a promotion to the active roster.

UPDATE: The transaction was made official on the afternoon's NFL transactions report, which was released shortly before 4:00 PM Central Time.

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.