The New England Patriots signed free agent OG Mitch Petrus to the
roster Tuesday (Nov 13). Petrus assumes the roster spot created when
the team released LB Jeff Tarpinian.
Petrus, a 2010 fifth-round pick of the New York Giants in the 2010 NFL
Draft (147th overall), was released on Nov. 3 by the G-men. He appeared
in 23 NFL games since turning pro.
The 6-foot-3, 315 pound Arkansas product was signed to shore up New
England's offensive line, which has been battered by injuries. Both of
New England's starting guards (Logan Mankins and Dan Connolly) left
Sunday's game against Buffalo. Mankins has been fighitng leg injuries,
and appeared to suffer another when he was caught in a pilup.
Connolly left the game with a back issue.
Donald Thomas filled in for Connolly at RG while Nick McDonald filled
in for Mankins on the left side. Petrus figures to remain as
a reserve for now.
In addition to the Petrus move, the
Patriots signed Tarpinian to the practice squad after
he cleared waivers. To make room, the team released LB Jerrell Harris.