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November 3, 2007
Hey all --
The New England Patriots yesterday filled the 53rd roster spot opened when they placed running back Sammy Morris on injured reserve with practice squad defensive back Ray Ventrone.
Promoting Ventrone was not the move most assumed the team would make. With safety Eugene Wilson and special-teamer Mel Mitchell battling injuries, it was thought the Patriots would activate cornerback Eddie Jackson off the physically-unable-to-perform list, a move that would help cover both issues.
Ventrone, 25, was originally signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Villanova in 2005, and spent the season on the practice squad. Before the 2006 season, he was allocated to the now-defunct NFL Europa, but suffered an injury there that landed him on injured reserve. The Patriots released him this February, and he was signed by the Jets eight days later. Ventrone was among New York’s final cuts in September, but was re-signed to their practice squad before being released outright.
He was signed to the Patriots’ practice squad on Sept. 18 and has been named one of the team’s practice players of the week twice so far this year.
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