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Pats' trades for Worthy & Bass now official

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When the New England Patriots traded for defensive tackles Ben Bass (Cowboys) and Jerel Worthy (Packers) earlier this week, the deals were contingent on both players passing a physical. That is standard operating procedure, and it is a step in the process that was especially significant with Bass (hamstring) and Worthy (back) because they have both been sidelined.

With this in mind, it's important to note that the Patriots officially announced the trades Friday afternoon, which is an indication that the players have passed their physical examinations with the club.

The Patriots are currently planning to be without defensive tackles Sealver Siliga (left hand) and Chris Jones (left ankle), and Bass and Worthy add depth up front. They aren't expected to play tonight against the Eagles, but could help in the coming weeks.

Look for second-year player Joe Vellano to see extended repetitions playing alongside veterans Tommy Kelly and Vince Wilfork tonight.