Packers release safety Charlie Peprah, guard Grant Cook; sign guard Van Roten
GREEN BAY- The Green Bay Packers have released veteran safety Charlie Peprah a day before their first training camp practice, apparently over concern about a lingering knee injury.
The Packers announced the move Wednesday afternoon. Asked about Peprah's status earlier in the day, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he was "waiting for more information" from Peprah's physical exam.
Packers players reported to camp Wednesday morning for physicals and meetings. The first practice is Thursday morning.
The move leaves the Packers with even more questions at safety, where the team is looking for a replacement for Pro Bowl safety Nick Collins. The Packers released Collins in the offseason, concerned about his ability to safely return from a significant neck injury he sustained last season.
Meanwhile, the Packers have signed G Greg Van Roten and released G Grant Cook.
Van Roten, a 6-foot-3, 303-pound rookie out of the University of Pennsylvania, twice earned first-team All-Ivy League recognition and started all 30 games over his final three seasons for the Quakers. He will wear No. 54 for the Packers, according to a news release.
Cook, a rookie from the University of Arkansas, signed with Green Bay as a non-drafted free agent on May 14.