Patriots Make Multiple Transactions, Sign Thomas

Derek Havens
September 14, 2011 at 01:09pm ET

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The New England Patriots continue to shuffle their roster, making another transaction on Tuesday evening. One day after promoting offensive tackle Thomas Welch from the practice squad to the game-day roster, the Patriots have released him.

This transaction creates a spot on the Patriots 53-man roster, which opens the door for Donald Thomas. Thomas, was signed to the team's 53-man roster Wednesday, according to the Patriots. Terms of the contract were not announced.

Thomas, a three-year NFL veteran, is a 6-4, 310 pound offensive lineman was released by Detroit on Sept. 3, 2011. He entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick out of Connecticut by the Dolphins in 2008.

In addition to these rosters moves, the Patriots shuffled the practice squad as well. Recently released linebacker Jeff Tarpinian and tight-end Garrett Mills were signed to the practice squad along, while releasing LB Aaron Lavarias.

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