Packers Sign S Underwood; Place DT Cole On I.R.

The Green Bay Packers have signed safety Marviel Underwood and placed defensive tackle Colin Cole on injured reserve. Ted Thompson, Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations, made the announcement Sunday.

Underwood, originally a fourth-round pick by Green Bay in 2005, spent two seasons with the Packers. He saw action in all 16 games in 2005 and spent all of 2006 on injured reserve. He will wear No. 43.

Cole had seen action in seven games this season and collected 13 tackles before suffering an arm injury Nov. 22 at Detroit.

The Packers also announced a practice squad transaction Sunday. The team signed cornerback Joe Porter to the practice squad and released safety Tristan Burge.

Porter, a 5-foot-10, 198-pound rookie from Rutgers, played in 44 games, including 11 starts, for the Scarlet Knights. He also participated in track, where he was the 2006 BIG EAST indoor and outdoor 200-meter champion.