Returning to New England for his second stint with the club this season, Jean Francois will provide insurance along the defensive line, with Alan Branch (knee) uncertain to play Sunday against the Steelers. Jean Francois has appeared in a combined nine games this season with the Packers and Patriots, collecting four total tackles.
Jean Francois was released by the Patriots on Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Jean Francois has four tackles between combined stints with the Packers and Patriots this season. The veteran defensive lineman will hope to again latch on elsewhere.
The signing likely comes as a result of Malcom Brown still being sidelined with an ankle injury, as Jean Francois will be able to add some veteran depth along the defensive line. Jean Francois was released by the Packers last week.
The Packers released Jean-Francois on Wednesday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
The Packers previously cut Jean-Francois back in Week 1 and then re-signed him in Week 3 when the team needed more depth along the defensive line. The veteran's release this time around will likely open up a roster spot for rookie linebacker Vince Biegel (foot), who is ready to come off the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday that Jean-Francois would be re-signed to the 53-man roster, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
The Packers will officially confirm the roster move later Thursday, but Jean-Francois will rejoin the squad after being let go a week earlier after being caught in a numbers game. However, with McCarthy revealing Thursday that outside linebacker Nick Perry would require hand surgery, the Packers were in need of extra reinforcements on defense. Ahmad Brooks will be primarily tasked with replacing Perry's production as a pass rusher, but Perry's absence could indirectly end up opening some reps for Jean-Francois as part of the team's defensive line rotation.
|2009||San Francisco 49ers||3||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2010||San Francisco 49ers||16||12||9.0||3||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||16||15||12.0||3||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||16||22||12.0||10||2||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||Green Bay Packers||6||2||1.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||New England Patriots||6||10||6.0||4||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2010||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Green Bay Packers||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||New England Patriots||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|