Patriots announce practice squad

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots have announced their eight-man practice squad, which includes four players who were not with the team this preseason.

Wide receiver Kerry Taylor, guard Nick McDonald, and tackles Matt Kopa and Thomas Welch have been signed to the practice squad. Welch was a seventh-round draft selection of the Patriots in 2010 who spent last season with the Minnesota Vikings.

Kopa split last season between the 49ers' practice squad and Dolphins' active roster. McDonald spent last season on the Packers' practice squad. Taylor is an undrafted free agent from Arizona State who spent the preseason with the Packers.

In addition, the Patriots have officially re-signed safety Ross Ventrone, defensive end Markell Carter, linebacker Aaron Lavarias, and running back Eric Kettani to their practice squad; all were in training camp with the team. Defensive end Alex Silvestro, who had been tied to the practice squad in previous reports, was not signed and remains a free agent.