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Packers add Ahmad Thomas to practice squad

The former collegiate safety will play linebacker for the Packers.

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The Green Bay Packers have filled an open spot on their practice squad. On Wednesday, the team announced the signing of free-agent rookie Ahmad Thomas.

Thomas played his college career at the University of Oklahoma, making 39 starts and appearing in 51 total games. During that time, he recorded 223 tackles, five tackles for loss, four interceptions, and 2 ½ sacks. Thomas served as a team captain during his senior season and spent time earlier this year with the Oakland Raiders.

Though Thomas played safety as a collegiate athlete, the Packers list him as a linebacker. At 6-foot, 220 pounds, he possesses a similar stature to "nitro" linebacker and fellow rookie Josh Jones. Thomas would likely play a similar off-ball linebacker role for Green Bay if promoted off the practice squad.

The addition of Thomas brings the Packers' practice squad to nine players. The team can add one more if they choose. Jones will wear uniform No. 56, most recently worn by outside linebacker Julius Peppers.