Coston, an offensive lineman from North Carolina A&T, is the
first of the Packers' 11 draft picks to sign and only the second
player selected in the NFL draft last month to come to terms. The
St. Louis Rams signed defensive back Jerome Carter, a fourth-round
choice from Florida State, on April 29.
Coston, 6-foot-3 and 317 pounds, played center and guard in
college. His cousin is Packers tight end David Martin.
Houston Texans: The team drafted tight end Bennie Joppru in 2003, but
groin injuries have kept him from ever taking the field.
had high hopes for his debut this season, but he injured his right
knee in a non-contact drill on Monday. He was helped to the
sidelines and then carted off the practice field.
ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reported Monday night that Texans officials fear Joppru suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligement, an injury that, if confirmed, would likely sideline him for a third straight season. Joppru will undergo an MRI exam on Tuesday morning.
"The last three
years he's probably had as tough a luck as anybody," Texans coach Dom Capers said.
"It's unfortunate. We were looking forward to having Bennie and
having a chance to work with him."
Capers also wants 340-pound
offensive tackle Victor Riley, who signed a one-year deal last
week, to shed a few pounds. "It's a tough thing for a new player
who hasn't been in our offseason program to catch up," he said.
"It will take Victor a while to get into the kind of shape I
Poole tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee
during minicamp earlier this month. The second-year pro was the
leading candidate to replace Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Surtain,
traded last month to Kansas City.
A fourth-round draft pick, the 5-foot-10 Poole played in 15
games last season, making 31 tackles and one sack.