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Packers add Bené Benwikere to practice squad

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The Packers signed the three-year man to their practice squad.

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Even if the NFC Championship Game just around the corner, the Green Bay Packers continue to tinker with their roster. On Tuesday, the team signed free-agent cornerback Bené Benwikere to the practice squad.

Benwikere has spent most of three years in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers, serving primarily as the team's top slot corner from 2014-15. However, a broken leg suffered in December of his second season set back his career. Benwikere did return for the start of the 2016 season, but he struggled, most visibly when Atlanta Falcons star Julio Jones torched him on his way to a 300-yard game. The Panthers released Benwikere the following week.

Benwikere caught on with the Miami Dolphins, first as a member of the 53-man roster and subsequently as a member of the practice squad.

For the cost (likely a league-minimum deal), Benwikere could provide the Packers some depth at corner should they lose Micah Hyde to free agency or decide to part ways with Sam Shields, who spent nearly the entire season on injured reserve.

Green Bay has issued Benwikere jersey No. 31. To make room, the team released corner Keith Baxter from the practice squad.

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