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Packers sign OL Smith, put OL Newhouse on I.R.

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By PFW staff

The Packers announced Friday morning that they have signed C-OG Evan Dietrich-Smith and placed OG-OT Marshall Newhouse on injured reserve. Dietrich-Smith, a second-year player out of Idaho State, appeared in 13 games for the Packers as a rookie last season, mostly on special teams. The 6-foot-2, 308-pounder was the only non-drafted rookie to make the Packers’ opening-day roster.

Dietrich-Smith was released by Green Bay in the final roster cutdown this season. He was then claimed by Seattle, where he was inactive for the first four games of the season before being released on Oct. 5.

Newhouse, the second of the Packers’ two fifth-round picks in 2010, was inactive for all 15 contests this season but is considered to have promise for the future.

The way we see it

Having another qualified interior lineman on board with at least some experience seems like a pretty good idea for the Packers. The team knows what it’s getting in Dietrich-Smith, a player they have always really liked.

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