Thursday, October 6, 2011
Unexpected practice squad opening
By Mike Reiss
Jim Rogash/Getty ImagesEric Kettani signs footballs during training camp.
The Patriots have an unexpected opening on their practice squad, as Eric Kettani -- the former Navy fullback -- has been called back to the USS Klakring. The news that he has been denied leave from the Navy has created a mix of emotions for him.
"I love my country and I’m happy to serve it, but I’m also happy to be a New England Patriot," Kettani said tonight.
Kettani is scheduled to fly out at 6 a.m. Friday, so he said goodbye to coaches and teammates today.
"I think some of them were shocked. Coach Belichick said he'd help me out in any way possible," Kettani relayed.
Kettani, who is appealing the decision, was surprised at the turn of events, in part because former Lions linebacker and current Indianapolis Colts practice squad player Caleb Campbell (Army) and Eagles practice squad receiver Chad Hall (Air Force) have had the opportunity to continue their playing careers.
Kettani was told he was being called back because this is a time of war.