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Patriots sign defensive lineman Khyri Thornton, add 4 to practice squad


FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts — The New England Patriots promoted practice squad defensive lineman to the roster on Thursday and also added four players to the taxi squad.

Thornton, 25, was claimed off waivers from the Green Bay Packers last month. He was originally a third-round draft pick from Southern Mississippi.

In addition, the Patriots signed defensive back , offensive lineman , receiver Austin Hill and linebacker to the practice squad.

Also Thursday, the team confirmed Wednesday's trade of tight end to New Orleans for defensive lineman .

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