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Packers waive Sturgis, sign Hayes

December 10, 1996

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) _ Defensive end Oscar Sturgis’ stay with the Green Bay Packers lasted less than a week.

He was waived on Monday when the Packers moved safety Chris Hayes from their practice squad to their active roster. Hayes is needed because defensive back Roderick Mullen injured his right knee on Sunday.

Hayes, 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds, is a rookie from Washington State who was signed to the practice squad on Oct. 3. He was a seventh-round selection by the New York Jets in April, but was placed on waivers Aug. 19 and signed with Washington. The Redskins released him on Oct. 1.

Sturgis was a seventh-round draft choice by the Dallas Cowboys out of North Carolina last year. He played just one game for Dallas and didn’t survive the Cowboys’ final roster cutdown on Aug. 25. He signed with the Packers on Dec. 4 and was inactive Sunday.

Mullen injured the medial collateral ligament in his right knee on the opening kickoff against the Broncos. He said he thought he’d miss three weeks, but coach Mike Holmgren said he thought it would be more like four to six.

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