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Packers waive DT Ego Ferguson 2 days after claiming him due to failed physical

Two days after claiming defensive tackle Ego Ferguson off waivers, the Green Bay Packers released him after he failed his physical.

The Chicago Bears released Ferguson last Friday after he spent all of last season on injured reserve because of a shoulder injury he suffered during training camp last summer. The Packers claimed him on Monday.

Ferguson will again be subject to the waiver wire but considering the Packers were 29th out the 32 teams on the priority list, it’s unlikely another team would claim him. That would make Ferguson a free agent, and the Packers – or any other team – could eventually sign him when healthy.

The Packers were hoping to see if Ferguson could stay healthy and regain the form he showed as a rookie in 2014, when the Bears picked him in the second round at No. 51 overall. The 6-foot-2, 300-pound Ferguson played in only 20 of a possible 36 games over his three NFL season and 16 of those came as a rookie. He missed all but four games in 2015 with a knee injury. He also was suspended four games that season for performance-enhancing drugs and served that suspension while on injured reserve.

The Packers aren’t on the hook for any of Ferguson’s contract, which had one year remaining.

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