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Packers add LB B.J. Bello and release Brady Sheldon in practice squad swap

The Packers added a highly athletic linebacker to the practice squad in place of another.

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In a minor roster move on Monday afternoon, the Green Bay Packers have reportedly added a new player to their practice squad. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has reported that the Packers have signed a linebacker, B.J. Bello, to the practice squad.

Bello comes to the Packers after spending training camp with the Houston Texans, coincidentally spending two days of practice in Green Bay when his former team held joint practices with the Packers. Before that, Bello played a full season for the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted rookie in 2017, primarily serving as a special teams player. He recorded six tackles in 16 games that year, then had stints on the practice squads of the Cardinals and Eagles in 2018 before a brief three-game span on Philadelphia’s active roster late last season.

Despite spending the first month of the 2019 regular season out of football, Bello’s athleticism almost certainly landed him this roster spot. After playing his college football at Illinois State, Bello posted an excellent Pro Day workout in March of 2017. Measuring in at 6-foot-2 and 228 pounds, Bello ran a reported 4.56-second 40-yard dash (with a stunning 1.46-second ten-yard split) and posted an excellent 6.71-second time in the three cone drill.

To make room for Bello, the Packers have reportedly released another linebacker, Brady Sheldon. Sheldon first joined the Packers in November of 2018, signing on Green Bay’s practice squad. He spent the 2019 offseason with the Packers and signed back to the practice squad after final cuts.

So far, the Packers have not made any moves on their active roster to account for the injuries the team suffered in Thursday’s loss to the Eagles. Wide receiver Davante Adams, running back Jamaal Williams, right tackle Bryan Bulaga, and cornerback Kevin King all were injured in the game and missed practice on Monday as the team began preparations to play the Dallas Cowboys next Sunday.