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Sunday, August 29, 2010
Patriots eligible for practice squad

By Mike Rodak

The final week of the preseason will be a busy one for the Patriots’ coaching and personnel staffs. By Tuesday afternoon, the team will be required to cut down to 75 players, and by Saturday afternoon, the regular season roster limit of 53 players will be in place. The Patriots roster currently stands at the offseason limit of 80, not including restricted free agent Logan Mankins.

An important consideration when this week’s roster moves are made will be practice squad eligibility. At noon on Sunday, Sept. 5, teams will be allowed to establish an eight-man practice squad.

The following is a list of players currently on the Patriots roster who if cut and clear waivers will be eligible to be signed to the team’s practice squad. All rookies are eligible by default:

QB Zac Robinson (rookie)
RB Chris Taylor
RB Thomas Clayton
WR Brandon Tate
WR Darnell Jenkins
WR Taylor Price (rookie)
WR Rod Owens (rookie)
WR Buddy Farnham (rookie)
TE Rob Myers
TE Carson Butler
TE Rob Gronkowski (rookie)
TE Aaron Hernandez (rookie)
OL George Bussey
OL Rich Ohrnberger
OL Ryan Wendell
OL Ted Larsen (rookie)
OL Thomas Welch (rookie)
OL Brian Simmons (rookie)

DL Darryl Richard
DL Brandon Deaderick (rookie)
DL Kyle Love (rookie)
LB Tyrone McKenzie
LB Thomas Williams
LB Brandon Spikes (rookie)
LB Jermaine Cunningham (rookie)
LB Dane Fletcher (rookie)
DB DeAngelo Willingham
CB Terrence Wheatley
CB Devin McCourty (rookie)
S Sergio Brown (rookie)
S Ross Ventrone (rookie)

P Zoltan Mesko (rookie)