NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The New York Jets bolstered their backfield by claiming running back Alex Green, who led Green Bay in rushing last season, off waivers from the Packers.
With Mike Goodson serving a four-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, Green will likely serve as a pass-catching running back in Goodson’s absence behind Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell.
The Jets also acquired T Ben Ijalana from Indianapolis and LB Scott Solomon from Tennessee off waivers. To make room for the players acquired the team released RB Kahlil Bell and LB Danny Lansanah and placed LB Josh Mauga on the injured reserve.
Green, a third-round pick out of Hawaii by Green Bay in 2011, ran for a team-leading 464 yards last season with 18 catches for 125 yards.
Ijalana was a second-round pick out of Villanova in 2011. He played in four games as a rookie with Indianapolis, but didn’t play in any last season.
Solomon had four tackles in 13 games for the Titans last season after being a seventh-round draft pick out of Rice.
Bell, in his second stint with the Jets, led the team with 114 yards and four touchdowns in the preseason. Lansanah, who hadn’t been in the NFL since 2009, was one of the team’s most consistent performers this summer with 13 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble.
The Jets also added six players to the practice squad: WR Michael Campbell,LB Troy Davis,DT Tevita Finau,S Rontez Miles,TE Chris Pantale,T JB Shugarts.
On Saturday the Jets cut backup quarterback Greg McElroy and wide receivers Ben Obomanu and Mohamed Massaquoi to reduce their roster to the mandatory 53-player limit.
McElroy was competing with Matt Simms, who made the roster, for a backup role. Newly signed Graham Harrell is still around, giving the Jets four quarterbacks with rookie Geno Smith and the injured Mark Sanchez.
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