The Green Bay Packers today signed wide receiver Chris Francies from their practice squad. In addition, the Packers re-signed wide receiver Carlton Brewster to take Francies’ place on the practice squad.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said today that Francies will play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, though, first-year pro Ruvell Martin is in line to play as Green Bay's third receiver behind starters Donald Driver and Greg Jennings.
Robert Ferguson (foot) is listed as "out" on the team's injury report and may be headed for the season-ending injured reserve list, pending results of further tests that he underwent this morning. Koren Robinson was suspended by the league on Tuesday and will not be eligible to return until Sept. 18, 2007.
"Ruvell Martin has played some and we're confident in his abilities," said McCarthy. "As far as our game plan, we will adjust. That's natural. That's also the reason we have four tight ends on our roster and two fullbacks. Our scheme in our system is flexible enough to take advantage of their abilities and that's the direction we'll go."
Francies, a 6-foot-1, 193-pound rookie out of Texas-El Paso, originally signed with the team as a non-drafted free agent this past May and spent the season’s first six weeks on the practice squad.
Francis had a choice of signing with other teams, but chose the Packers. Oakland, Houston and Jacksonville also showed interest in signing Francies. He visited with San Diego last spring prior to the draft.
"I was talking to my agent about that," Francies recalled. "We discussed what was the best fit for me in that situation. We thought Green Bay would be a perfect fit for me."
Brewster was acquired in a trade during training camp with the Cleveland Browns before he was released on the team's final roster cutdown.
Francies will wear No. 83 and Brewster has been assigned No. 19.
Francies learned that he would be promoted on Tuesday when he received a call from his position coach, Jimmy Robinson.
"It's a big opportunity for me," said Francies. "It was sad that Ferguson went down and Koren Robinton's situation, but they had to bring a guy up, and it was luckily me."
Favre upset that Robinson banned from team
Brett Favre didn't hold anything back when asked about how he feels about the NFL's decision to suspend wide receiver Koren Robinson for one year, including banning him from the team's facilities. Favre said Robinson's suspension is fair, but banning him from working out at the Packers' facilities is wrong.
"It don't make a whole lot of sense, if you ask me when you're trying to help the guy out," Favre said. "If you suspend him for the year, fine. That's your call, but to ban him from the building and the support group that can help him? I mean, I saw him cleaning out his locker yesterday ... it doesn't make a whole lot of sense. If he can't play, fine. That's your ruling, fine. But at least let him come in where guys can say, 'Hey, can we help you out?' 'Do you need someone to talk to?'
"I'm not expert, but I would think that you want people to reach out to him and being in an organization that can help him, rather than saying, 'You're banned from the building. To make matters worse, go think about it and deal with it on your own.' It doesn't make a whole lot of sense."
Favre went on to say that he would "love to see Koren come back" next year with the Packers.
"The most important thing is his health and his family," Favre said, "but I don't like the way the league has turned its back on him."