GREEN BAY — The Packers have signed Seneca Wallace just days after he was released by San Francisco, Green Bay's opening-game opponent.

Wallace is entering his 10th pro season, and replaces B.J. Coleman as the backup for Aaron Rodgers. Coleman was released Monday.

Green Bay also signed to the practice squad guard Bryan Collins, wide receivers Charles Johnson and Myles White, cornerback James Nixon, tight end Jake Stoneburner, and quarterback Scott Tolzien, a former University of Wisconsin athlete.

Wallace is going to have to brush up on the playbook in a hurry to get ready to back up Aaron Rodgers for Sunday's season opener.

Both quarterbacks just happened to be with the 49ers before getting picked up by the Packers. How convenient.

"I think any time players are (from) a former organization, there's always (a thinking that) immediately they're going to tell you everything about the 49ers," coach Mike McCarthy said. "Scott and Seneca both are more focused on getting ready for the game so they definitely can give you insight."

More so Tolzien than Wallace. Tolzien was a backup the last two years for the 49ers, but never played in a game. Wallace was only in San Francisco for a week this preseason, competing for a backup job behind Colin Kaepernick.

But it's Wallace who's going to be Rodgers' understudy. It's quite a turnaround from last week, when he was languishing behind Kaepernick, Colt McCoy and B.J. Daniels on the 49ers depth chart.

When asked then, coach Jim Harbaugh said Wallace was "not going to continue to play football," lending to speculation to whether Wallace decided to retire.

Not so, Wallace said Monday after his first Packers practice.

"No, no. It's just miscommunication between me and Harbaugh. We talked about it. I called him to communicate that to him," Wallace said. "It was just pretty much miscommunication between me and him."

After being drafted by the Seahawks in 2003 out of Iowa State, Wallace went on to play seven seasons in Seattle. He's also had stops with the Browns and Saints.

In 21 starts and 62 career games, Wallace has completed 59 percent of passes (452 of 764) for 4,808 yards and 31 touchdowns, along with 18 interceptions.

In a relatively young locker room, Wallace, a 10-year veteran, immediately becomes the most experienced player on offense. Only defensive tackle Ryan Pickett has more NFL experience with 13 seasons.

It's that experience that drew McCarthy to his new backup. Wallace had time in a West Coast offense in Seattle under former coach Mike Holmgren, who used to coach the Packers. McCarthy said Wallace ran similar no-huddle schemes in Cleveland. Also, Wallace was drafted in Seattle while current Packers general manager Ted Thompson was the vice president of football operations there.

With Wallace and Tolzien, Green Bay is starting anew in its quest to find a capable backup to Rodgers after already jettisoning three candidates in the last several weeks. Graham Harrell is now with the Jets. Vince Young was cut over the weekend. B.J. Coleman was released after Wallace was signed.

Wallace's journeyman background might also help him out.

"He's been a backup quarterback primarily his whole career. He clearly understands the role, has a lot of experience in an out of systems," McCarthy said. "Just talking football with him last night, I felt confident that he'll be ready to play Sunday."

Wallace was appreciative of the new opportunity. He gave thoughtful responses to questions from reporters, as if a wise sage offering advice to a rookie on life in NFL.

While he wouldn't mind starting, Wallace is clearly comfortable with his role. He's not going to supplant Rodgers, the 2011 NFL Most Valuable Player.

"You can't let that get to you. That's part of it. We're blessed to play a sport that most people dream to do," he said. "The ones who stay around for a long period of time are the ones who get it."

So there was Wallace on Monday on the practice field, watching several feet behind Rodgers as the offense ran through drills. Wallace walking alongside Rodgers during a break, where the two looked like they were talking shop. And Rodgers running through a quarterback drop for Wallace on a particularly quick pass play.

"It was a tough couple weeks, Wallace said, "but what happened is behind me and now I'm moving forward and focusing on being here in Green Bay and being the best provider as a backup to A-Rod."

NOTES: Tolzien returned to the state where he played college ball at Wisconsin. ... After competing all preseason with Marshall Newhouse, Don Barclay started at right tackle. But Barclay said he doesn't think the competition is settled, and McCarthy indicated Newhouse would play Sunday regardless ... CB Casey Hayward (hamstring) didn't take part in practice. Two starters sidelined last week by sore hamstrings, S Morgan Burnett and LB Brad Jones, returned ... Besides Tolzien, the Packers also signed OL Aaron Adams and Bryan Collins; RB Michael Hill; WRs Charles Johnson and Myles White; CB James Nixon; and TE Jake Stoneburner to their practice squad. The latter four players were with the team during training camp.

2013 Green Bay Packers Roster

x-Injured reserve

No. Player Pos Ht Wt Born Exp College
2 Mason Crosby K 6-1 207 9/3/1984 7 Colorado
8 Tim Masthay P 6-1 200 3/16/1987 4 Kentucky
9 B.J. Coleman QB 6-3 231 9/16/1988 1 Chattanooga
10 Jeremy Ross WR 6-0 215 3/16/1988 1 California
11 Jarrett Boykin WR 6-2 218 11/4/1989 2 Virginia Tech
12 Aaron Rodgers QB 6-2 225 12/2/1983 9 California
13 x-Sederrik Cunningham WR 5-11 192 7/14/1989 0 Furman
16 x-Kevin Dorsey WR 6-1 207 2/23/1990 0 Maryland
18 Randall Cobb WR 5-10 192 8/22/1990 3 Kentucky
22 Jerron McMillian S 5-11 203 4/2/1989 2 Maine
23 Johnathan Franklin RB 5-10 205 10/23/1989 0 UCLA
24 Jarrett Bush CB 6-0 200 5/21/1984 8 Utah State
26 x-DuJuan Harris RB 5-8 203 9/3/1988 1 Troy
27 Eddie Lacy RB 5-11 230 6/2/1990 0 Alabama
29 Casey Hayward CB 5-11 192 9/9/1989 2 Vanderbilt
30 John Kuhn RB 6-0 250 9/9/1982 8 Shippensburg
31 Davon House CB 6-0 195 7/10/1989 3 New Mexico State
32 Chris Banjo S 5-10 207 2/26/1990 0 Southern Methodist
33 Micah Hyde CB 6-0 197 12/31/1990 0 Iowa
37 Sam Shields CB 5-11 184 12/8/1987 4 Miami (FL)
38 Tramon Williams CB 5-11 191 3/16/1983 7 Louisiana Tech
42 Morgan Burnett S 6-1 209 1/13/1989 4 Georgia Tech
43 M.D. Jennings S 6-0 187 7/25/1988 3 Arkansas State
44 James Starks RB 6-2 218 2/25/1986 4 Buffalo
46 Andy Mulumba LB 6-3 260 1/31/1990 0 Eastern Michigan
47 x-Jarvis Reed LB 6-1 245 7/12/1990 0 Prairie View A&M
49 Robert Francois LB 6-2 255 5/14/1985 4 Boston College
50 A.J. Hawk LB 6-1 247 1/6/1984 8 Ohio State
51 Nate Palmer LB 6-2 248 9/23/1989 0 Illinois State
52 Clay Matthews LB 6-3 255 5/14/1986 5 USC
53 Nick Perry LB 6-3 265 4/12/1990 2 USC
57 Jamari Lattimore LB 6-2 230 10/6/1988 3 Middle Tennessee State
58 Sam Barrington LB 6-1 235 10/5/1990 0 South Florida
59 Brad Jones LB 6-3 242 4/1/1986 5 Colorado
61 Brett Goode C 6-1 255 11/2/1984 6 Arkansas
62 Evan Dietrich-Smith C 6-2 308 7/19/1986 4 Idaho State
64 Greg Van Roten G 6-3 303 2/26/1990 2 Pennsylvania
65 Lane Taylor G 6-3 324 11/22/1989 0 Oklahoma State
67 Don Barclay T 6-4 305 4/18/1989 2 West Virginia
69 David Bakhtiari T 6-4 300 9/30/1991 0 Colorado
70 T.J. Lang G 6-4 318 9/20/1987 5 Eastern Michigan
71 Josh Sitton G 6-3 318 6/16/1986 6 UCF
74 Marshall Newhouse T 6-4 319 9/29/1988 4 TCU
75 x-Bryan Bulaga T 6-5 314 3/21/1989 4 Iowa
76 Mike Daniels DE 6-0 291 5/5/1989 2 Iowa
79 Ryan Pickett DT 6-2 340 10/8/1979 13 Ohio State
81 Andrew Quarless TE 6-4 252 10/6/1988 4 Penn State
82 Ryan Taylor TE 6-3 254 11/16/1987 3 North Carolina
86 Brandon Bostick TE 6-3 250 5/3/1989 1 Newberry
87 Jordy Nelson WR 6-3 217 5/31/1985 6 Kansas State
88 Jermichael Finley TE 6-5 247 3/26/1987 6 Texas
89 James Jones WR 6-1 208 3/31/1984 7 San Jose State
90 B.J. Raji DT 6-2 337 7/11/1986 5 Boston College
93 Josh Boyd DE 6-3 310 8/3/1989 0 Mississippi State
95 Datone Jones DE 6-4 285 7/24/1990 0 UCLA
96 Mike Neal DE 6-3 285 6/26/1987 4 Purdue
97 Johnny Jolly DT 6-3 325 2/21/1983 5 Texas A&M
98 C.J. Wilson DE 6-3 306 3/30/1987 4 East Carolina

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Glad to see we picked up Tolzien. I thought he had more potential than Harrell of Coleman.
If Tebow wants to be a Backup he should go to a team that has an option style #1 QB, Like Wash, Seattle, San Fran, or Carolina. Why New England took him, I'll never know.

Crow Barr
Crow Barr

Tim---Ya win your home games, lose the road games -- that gives you 8 and 8. Some ref crews are not intimidated at packer field so you could lose a couple there too!

This Senaca fella is just for this week, then they will go to Tebow, packie fans will sleep better with that move!


Looks like TT is scrambling after being driven out of the pocket.

Timothy Nott
Timothy Nott

Good move by the front office. Both of these guys will provide value to the organization.

Crow Barr, just tell us which games we're going to win so we know when to watch.


Without an OL what difference who the backup qb is? TT is counting on Lacy to be rookie of the year.


Just yesterday TT was speaking of his confidence in BJ.

Crow Barr
Crow Barr

A one game contract, provided he brings the 49er playbook with! Brilliant move, MM, but you still are gonna lose! 6 and 10 with Rodgers hurt! 8 and 8 with him ok.

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