Packers sign safety Giordano, cut Rouse

With major health concerns at safety, the Green Bay Packers signed free agent Matt Giordano. The surprising move is that they released a safety, 2007 third-round draft pick Aaron Rouse, to make room on the roster for Giordano.

Giordano, a fifth-year pro, spent the past four seasons (2005-08) with Indianapolis. The 2005 fourth-round selection played in 55 games, including six starts, for the Colts.

The Packers enter Sunday’s game with St. Louis with few healthy safeties on the roster. Atari Bigby (knee) is out and Nick Collins is nursing a shoulder injury. Rouse, who played in 27 games for the Packers (10 starts), was coming off a neck stinger.

If Collins can’t play, Jarrett Bush and Derrick Martin, acquired earlier this month in a trade with Baltimore, would be the starters. Both are considered mostly as special teams players.

In another move, the Packers signed OT Dane Randolph to the practice squad, essentially replacing OT Jamon Meredith, who was signed off Green Bay’s practice squad by the Bills on Tuesday. Randolph spent training camp with the Packers as a non-drafted free agent from Maryland.

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