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The Packers will have a long-snapper after all; Brett Goode to re-sign

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers won’t be without a long-snapper for long.

They plan to re-sign veteran Brett Goode on Sunday, according to a source.

The Packers did not keep a long-snapper on their initial 53-man roster after they cut Rick Lovato, who finished last season in Goode’s place. Goode sustained a season-ending knee injury last year on Dec. 20 against the Raiders, when he tore his ACL.

Goode worked out for the Packers on Saturday. The workout also included a physical, which Goode passed, the source said.

Goode snapped in every game for the Packers from 2008 until his knee injury last year. Goode was in the final year of his contract last season.

Lovato, who had been working in a New Jersey sub and pizza shop when he was signed, appeared to snap fine in his four games (two regular season and two playoffs). However, the Packers brought in Jesse Schmitt as competition this summer during training camp, but that lasted only one day because Schmitt broke his hand on his first snap.

Goode’s return means the Packers will have two of their three specialists back from last season. Gone is punter Tim Masthay, who was released last week and replaced by Jake Schum. Masthay also held for kicker Mason Crosby on field goals and extra points.

The Packers will have to make a move to clear space for Goode on their roster.