Pats shuffle practice squad

Posted on October 29, 2007 
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The Patriots have just announced a practice squad move … here’s the full release from the team:

The New England Patriots re-signed first-year defensive lineman Santonio Thomas to their practice squad today. Additionally, the team released first-year offensive lineman Pat Ross from their practice squad.

Thomas, 26, is in his first NFL season after spending much of the 2005 and 2006 seasons on the Patriots practice squad. He was signed to the active roster on Sept. 8, 2007 and has played in four games this season while being listed among the day-of-game inactives three times. Thomas made his NFL debut on Sept. 9, 2007 in the Patriots’ season-opening victory over the New York Jets. He has recorded five tackles (3 solo) this season. He was released from the active roster on Oct. 26.

The 6-foot-4-inch, 305-pound defensive lineman was originally signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Miami on April 30, 2005. He was released following New England’s 2005 training camp and was signed to the practice squad on Sept. 21, 2005. He remained on the practice squad for the remainder of the 2005 regular season and was signed to the active roster on Jan. 6, 2006. He was listed as a day-of-game inactive for both of the Patriots’ playoff games following the 2005 season. In 2006, Thomas was signed to the practice squad on Sept. 3 and remained there for the entire regular season and playoffs.

Ross, 24, was signed to the Patriots practice squad on Oct. 9 and spent the entire 2006 season on the Seattle Seahawks practice squad. He played his college football at Boston College. The 6-foot-3-inch, 300-pound offensive lineman was a three-year starter at center for Boston College (2003-05), taking over the job from current Patriots center Dan Koppen, who started for three seasons from 2000-02. Ross was one of two team captains for Boston College as a senior in 2005 and finished his career with 37 consecutive starts for the Eagles. Ross was signed by the Seahawks as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 1, 2006. He was placed on the reserve/injured list by Seattle on Sept. 1, 2007 and was released on Sept. 6.

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