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Packers claim defensive end Shaneil Jenkins off waivers

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Shaneil Jenkins hits a blocking sled during an NFL football training camp, Sunday, July 30, 2017, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

The Green Bay Packers announced two personnel moves Sunday, as the team has signed free agent defensive end Shaneil Jenkins and placed injured tight end Beau Sandland on injured reserve.

Jenkins, who was originally signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in May 2016, spent three months with that franchise before being waived in August of that year. Jenkins would be picked up by the Dallas Cowboys, for whom he played well in two preseason games before being waived with an injury designation towards the end of August 2016.

Jenkins would not earn a place on a practice squad until December, when he was picked up by the Seattle Seahawks. Green Bay claiming Shaneil Jenkins off of waivers comes one day after he was released by the Seahawks. Jenkins, who has yet to play in an official NFL game, attended Shepherd University in West Virginia and was named Mountain East Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior after tallying 13.5 sacks.

Listed at 6-foot-4, 275 pounds, Jenkins finished his career at Shepherd with 100 combined tackles, 41.5 tackles for loss and 27.0 sacks.

Sandland, who was a member of Green Bay’s practice squad for part of last season, injured his knee during a practice just over a week ago. At the time it was reported that Sandland, who sat out the Packers’ preseason opener, would not need surgery. Sandland, who played collegiately at Montana State, was added to the Packers’ practice squad in late November.

Selected in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers, Sandland spent the first nine weeks of the season on the Panthers’ practice squad before being released in early November.



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