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Packers release veteran inside linebacker A.J. Hawk

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Green Bay Packers have released inside linebacker A.J. Hawk, cutting ties with the nine-year veteran and respected locker room presence.

Hawk leaves Green Bay with 1,118 tackles, tops in the franchise since 1975. He appeared in 142 out of a 144 possible regular-season games with 136 starts since being drafted in the first round in 2006.

But Hawk lost playing time in the second half of this past season as Green Bay tried to shore up its run defense

General manager Ted Thompson in a statement called Hawk a "consummate Packer" and a durable, consistent contributor to the team's success.

Hawk said he had nine great seasons in Green Bay, and that he would always cherish his time as a Packer.

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