The Patriots have promoted defensive tackle Marcus Forston from the practice squad to the active roster, the team announced. Forston fills the spot on the 53-man roster that was recently vacated when the Patriots placed tight end Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve.
After going undrafted out of Miami in 2012, Forston was signed by the Patriots as a free agent, and was one of three undrafted free agents to make the active roster coming out of training camp.
Forston remained on the 53-man roster for three regular season games before being waived and re-signed to the team's practice squad. Incidentally, Forston appeared in just one game earlier this season, a Week 3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, who the Patriots host tomorrow in the AFC Championship.
The Patriots have relied heavily upon a three-man defensive tackle throughout 2012, led by Vince Wilfork. After having Kyle Love alongside him as a starter earlier in the season, Brandon Deaderick has emerged as the team's second interior defensive line starter.
Forston's "football journey" was featured earlier Saturday on ESPNBoston.com.