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Packers sign Kristian Welch


I-S grad joins practice squad

By Greg Seubert

Kristian Welch’s time with the Baltimore Ravens has ended, but his time in the NFL isn’t over yet, as he has joined the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad.

The Ravens released the Iola-Scandinavia High school graduate Aug. 27 and the Packers signed him to their practice squad Aug. 29.

Welch signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2020 and played college football at the University of Iowa. He appeared in 43 regular-season and three playoff games for Baltimore and made five tackles as a linebacker and 16 on special teams.

He will wear No. 54 for the Packers.

Practice squad players practice with the team and do not play in games unless they are elevated to the roster. Players are free to sign with other NFL teams, but have to be signed to the 53-man active roster of the acquiring team. A practice squad player cannot be signed to another practice squad unless he is first released or waived.

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