FOXBORO, Ma. -- The New England Patriots placed defensive lineman Mike Wright on the Reserve/Injured list today with a foot injury. The roster move ends Wright's season. In addition, the team signed free agent tight end Stephen Spach. Terms of the deal were not announced. Spach fills the roster to its 53-man limit.
Wright, a third year undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati, has been part of the Patriots' defensive line rotation, playing both defensive tackle and end. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound defender has participated in nine games this year, recording 12 tackles.
Spach, a second year player out of Fresno State, was originally with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2006. He participated in 13 games for Philadelphia. Spach spent the 2007 off-season in camp with the Minnesota Vikings. He was part of the Vikings final round of roster cuts in September and has been out of football since.
Minnesota Vikings tight end Stephen Spach (84) stiff-arms Dallas Cowboys linebacker Bobby Carpenter, right, after making a catch from Brooks Bollenger during the third quarter in a pre-season football game, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007, in Minneapolis. Minnesota won, 23-14.(AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)
The Patriots brought in three players earlier this week for tryouts with the team; DT Bobby Hamilton (Jets), DT Rashad Moore (Patriots) and Spach (Vikings). Hamilton and Moore may be candidates to join the Patriots at some point along the season if Wright's absence necessitates another move. Hamliton was with the Patriots from 2003-2005, while Moore was in camp with New England this year. Both players were with the New York Jets in 2006.