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Packers sign a punter, Woodsen at safety

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Jeremy Kapinos will punt for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at Lambeau Field against Houston.

The former Penn State kicker won a four-way competition over the last two days to replace Derrick Frost and he signed a contract through the end of next season.

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The 24-year-old Kapinos has experience punting in the snow and cold. He was a four-year starter at Penn State and was a finalist for the Ray Guy Award with a college career average of almost 42 yards a kick. He punted five times for the New York Jets last season and two landed inside the opponents' 20.

Packers' Head Coach Mike McCarthy said with a straight face Wednesday that he just wants Kapinos to kick straight and forward - something Frost didn't always do and the Packers finally cut him on Monday.

Kapinos becomes Green Bay's 10th punter in the last decade.

Woodsen at safety

It looks like Charles Woodson will start at safety for the second straight week.

The veteran corner practiced at the safety spot Wednesday even though Aaron Rouse has recovered from an ankle injury.

"We're going with Charles as we go through the week, yes. He would be the starter in the game Sunday," said McCarthy.

As always, Woodson only took part in the walk-through portion of the workout, so his nagging toe could get a rest.

If Woodson starts opposite safety Nick Collins, second-year pro Tramon Williams would again take Woodson's normal spot on the corner.

Meanwhile, McCarthy said running back Ryan Grant looked OK in a ball-handling drill Wednesday even though he sprained a thumb last Sunday against Carolina.

"He (Grant) went through the ball security drills, had a chance to watch him go through that. He looked to be better than he was on Sunday," he said.

Back-up Brandon Jackson is getting over a strained thigh. McCarthy would not say if Jackson would get more carries on Sunday, after running for 80 yards in 11 carries against the Panthers.

"I've said it before, I don't view Brandon Jackson as someone who gets an opportunity once Ryan Grant goes down. We've always tried to play two halfbacks, and even at times when we had three halfbacks up in the past," the coach said.

Center Scott Wells took part in some of Wednesday's walk-through as he gets over a concussion and there's a chance he'll play against the Texans.

Schaub is back

Matt Schaub will return as the starting quarterback for the Houston Texans on Sunday at Green Bay. He's been out since Nov. 2 when he got hit in the knee by Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen.

Texans' coach Gary Kubiak said Schaub wanted to start a week ago, but he held him back.

Schaub led Houston to three straight victories before he got hurt, with six touchdown passes and a rating 111-point-two against Miami, Detroit, and Cincinnati.

McCarthy says Schaub is an up-and-comer who's done a good job with the Texans' offense.

"I think he is accurate. He'll throw the tight throw. He plays with a lot of confidence. I know he has had some injuries, but there is a reason why he is their starter. I think he's a young guy that definitely has a huge upside," McCarthy said.

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