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Packers release Duke Preston; keep Scott Wells

The Green Bay Packers have released center Duke Preston, thus reducing the chances that former starting center Scott Wells will be traded.

There have been some trade rumors in the past week about Wells, who lost his starting job on Monday night to Jason Spitz.

Wells started 42 games at center in the last three seasons. And he sounded surprised about the demotion, saying he reported to training camp in better shape than ever.

Wells also said he thought he performed well at training camp. And while he did not ask to be traded, he would not say whether he wanted to stay in Green Bay. He has three years left on a five-year contract extension worth $15 million.

For now, Wells said he would focus on whatever role the Packers give him. Preston was cut after playing four years in Buffalo.

The Packers also placed tight end Devin Frischknecht on injured reserve. He suffered a leg injury in last Saturday night's exhibition win over the Bills.