GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Packers have added a wide receiver, having claimed ex-Seattle Seahawks and ex-San Francisco 49ers rookie wideout Chris Harper on waivers.
The 6-foot-1, 229-pound Harper was awarded to the Packers Friday. Whether he can be active for Sunday’s game against Cleveland remains to be seen having never looked at a Packers playbook, but given the team’s injury issues, it wouldn’t be surprising if he’s active for emergency purposes.
The 49ers waived Harper from their 53-man roster on Thursday. Originally a fourth-round draft pick by the Seahawks in April, he spent training camp with Seattle but was cut on the final roster reduction. He’d been on the Seahawks’ practice squad before the 49ers offered him a spot on their 53-man roster.
Harper did not see action for the 49ers this season. He caught just three passes for 32 yards in three games for Seattle in preseason play.
Harper began his college career at the University of Oregon at quarterback as a true freshman in 2008 but transferred to Kansas State after feeling homesick. He sat out the 2009 season before moving to wide receiver full-time in 2010 and catching 25 passes for 330 yards and four touchdowns. He caught 40 passes for 547 yards and five TDs in 12 starts in 2011 and 58 passes for 857 yards and three TDs as a senior last year.
To make room on the 53-man roster, the Packers waived running back Michael Hill. Hill, who had been on the practice squad before being called up, figures to return to the practice squad if he clears waivers.
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