Former Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Chris Harper catches a pass in a rookie minicamp practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Harper, according to reports, has been acquired off waivers by the Green Bay Packers. Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Report: Packers have claimed WR Chris Harper off waivers


Chris Harper, a fourth round wide receiver drafted by the Seattle Seahawks out of Kansas State last April, is said to have been claimed by the Green Bay Packers off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers this afternoon.

ESPN’s Bill Williamson sent out this tweet about 45 minutes ago announcing the move:


Harper was released by the Seahawks on their final cutdown in early September and picked up by the 49ers. Harper, 6-1, 228 pounds, is similar in build to Charles Johnson, the wide receiver recently claimed off of the Packers practice squad by the Cleveland Browns.

Does this move indicate that WR James Jones won’t be playing this coming Sunday or beyond that? It’s hard to say at this point, but it’s a stretch to think that the Packers would play Sunday with literally no time to learn the playbook.

But beyond Sunday remains a question as to how the Packers would utilize Harper. If he were signed to the Packers 53-man roster, another player would have to be released.

Harper was productive in college. In three seasons at Kansas State, Harper caught 122 balls for 1,725 yards and 12 touchdowns.

It’s another interesting move by Ted Thompson as the Packers continue to look at ways to strengthen their roster in light of the many injuries suffered the past few weeks.

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