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Patriots promote DT Woodrow Hamilton from practice squad, release OG Jonathan Cooper

The Patriots were dangerously thin on the defensive line and Hamilton should help out.

The New England Patriots have promoted DT Woodrow Hamilton from the practice squad to the active roster. Malcolm Brown and Alan Branch were the only healthy defensive tackles on the roster since rookie Vincent Valentine did not practice all week due to a back injury.

The 6’3 1/2, 315 pound Hamilton is an undrafted rookie that was playing ahead of Terrance Knighton during the preseason. Hamilton was a well regarded run stuffer in college and should see a similar role with the Patriots on the active roster, although I thought he showed some good burst in the pass rush.

If I had to make a comparison, I would say he’s a bigger Kyle Love.

The Patriots will have to release a player to make space for Hamilton. The Patriots cut TE Clay Harbor and placed QB Jacoby Brissett on the injured reserve this week to free up space for QB Tom Brady and ED Rob Ninkovich. We will keep you updated once we know the corresponding move.

1:14 PM EST UPDATE: WOW. Big news. Patriots have released OG Jonathan Cooper, per ESPN’s Field Yates.

Cooper was the 7th overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. The Patriots acquired Cooper and a 2016 2nd round pick in exchange for edge defender Chandler Jones.

Cooper spent time with the first team offensive line this summer, but he injured his foot on the third day of the preseason and hasn’t been able to contribute. He was removed from the injury report this week, but was not apparently a part of the Patriots plans.

This move likely means that rookie LG Joe Thuney is fine, despite battling a shoulder injury this week. Thuney and RG Shaq Mason are the starters, while rookie Ted Karras is the substitute.