The Green Bay Packers reportedly claimed wide receiver Chris Harper on waivers on Friday, according to Bill Williamson of ESPN:
— Bill Williamson (@BWilliamsonESPN) October 18, 2013
Harper was a fourth-round draft choice of the Seattle Seahawks this past April but released on the team’s final cutdown at the end of training camp in early September, making him one of the highest draft choices not to make a roster.
Not long after being cut by the Seahawks, he was signed by the San Francisco 49ers but had not played in a game before being waived on Thursday.
Per the Sacramento Bee, the 49ers had planned to use Harper in a tight end/H-back role as a player who measures in at 6-1, 228 lbs.
Originally enrolled at Oregon, Harper later transferred to Kansas State where he caught 122 passes for 1,725 yards and 12 touchdowns in three seasons there.
Perhaps the claiming of Harper means wide receiver James Jones is out at least this week and perhaps longer than the organization had hoped, but the odds of Harper being ready for this weekend’s game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday are long.
The Packers would have to make a corresponding roster move in order to add Harper. One option would be to release running back Michael Hill, who plays at a position where the Packers have sufficient depth, especially if James Starks returns from a knee injury soon.
Packers waived RB Michael Hill to add WR Chris Harper
— Brian McIntyre (@brian_mcintyre) October 18, 2013
Hill still has practice-squad eligibility. After Sunday’s game, it’s very possible––and perhaps likely––the Packers add him to the practice squad once again.
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