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Adams bolsters banged-up DB corps

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Phillip Adams with the 49ers.FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Former San Francisco 49ers defensive back Phillip Adams was present in the Patriots' locker room this morning, a sign that he is part of the roster moves Bill Belichick said were coming today. He is not practice squad eligible, so this will require a move on the 53-man roster.

The 5-foot-11, 192-pound Adams, a second-year player out of South Carolina State, played 15 games last season for the 49ers before breaking his ankle (link here).

The Patriots are banged up at cornerback, with rookie Ras-I Dowling (leg) not finishing Sunday's win over the Chargers and veteran Leigh Bodden (back/thumb) not looking 100 percent. Also, Kyle Arrington was knocked out for the final two plays Sunday after absorbing a big hit from running back Ryan Mathews.

Safeties Patrick Chung (right hand) and Josh Barrett (right hand) also played through injuries Sunday.

The 23-year-old Adams was stopped by reporters, but said he needed to maximize his time studying the playbook and would conduct interviews at a later time. He was a seventh-round pick of the 49ers last year and is not practice squad eligible.