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Patriots release TE Kennard Backman from their practice squad

New England has made a minor transaction today.

No week goes by without the New England Patriots making a practice squad transaction. This month alone, despite being only two weeks old, the team has already made five practice squad transactions. Today, it has made the sixth.

According to a club press release, the Patriots have waived tight end Kennard Backman:

The New England Patriots announced today that they have released TE Kennard Backman from the practice squad. Backman was signed to the practice squad on Nov. 12, 2016.

As noted in the press release, Backman has joined the Patriots only three days ago. He originally started the season on the Green Bay Packers’ injured reserve, off which he was waived with a settlement just prior to opening day. The 23-year old, who was originally drafted by the Packers in the sixth round of the 2015 draft, was a free agent until New England signed him on Saturday.

Now, Backman’s short stint in Foxboro is over. The move frees up one spot on the Patriots’ 10-man practice squad and leaves Rob Gronkowski, Martellus Bennett and Matt Lengel – all three on the active roster – as the only tight ends currently on New England’s payroll.