Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The Green Bay Packers have signed linebacker James Crawford.
Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst announced the move Wednesday. The 6-foot-2, 239-pound undrafted rookie had 80 tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss, six passes defensed, four sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 36 games at the University of Illinois.
Crawford will wear No. 54 in Green Bay.
The Packers made the move after placing linebackers Jake Ryan and C.J. Johnson on injured reserve two days ago. Ryan went down with a torn ACL during practice and was expected to start alongside Blake Martinez this season at linebacker.
Johnson was sidelined at training camp with a hamstring injury. The Packers also signed running back Akeem Judd and released guard Ethan Cooper on the same day they placed Johnson and Ryan on injured reserve.