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Patriots Promote LB Kevin Snyder to their Active Roster

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New England has filled the vacancy on its 53-man roster.

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This morning, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked about the roster spot held by linebacker Jerod Mayo. The veteran was placed on injured reserve earlier this week and his spot had not yet been filled. Belichick said that "we'll see"about filling the spot but made the impression that it was not a priority at this point in time.

Yet, just a few hours later, the team has filled its 53rd roster spot. According to Mark Daniels, the Patriots have promoted linebacker Kevin Snyder from their practice squad:

Patriots have promoted LB Kevin Snyder to the active roster, per source.

The 23-year old Snyder was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Detroit Lions in May. During the preseason, however, the former Rutgers Scarlet Knight broke his hand and was placed on the injured reserve list, off which he was waived mid-October. One month later, the 6'2", 240 lbs linebacker signed with the San Francisco 49ers practice squad.

On December 16, after being waived by the 49ers, Snyder signed with the Patriots' practice squad. One month later, he now joins defensive backs Devin McCourty, Logan Ryan, Duron Harmon and linebacker Jonathan Freeny as the fifth Rutgers player on New England's active roster.