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Patriots re-sign returnman Bernard Reedy to the practice squad, release a defensive lineman

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New England made a minor transaction yesterday.

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The New England Patriots made a minor transaction yesterday regarding their practice squad. As first reported by ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss and since confirmed by the team, New England re-signed wide receiver and return specialist Bernard Reedy to the practice squad. To make room for him on the 10-man scouting squad, the Patriots opted to let defensive lineman Marcus Hardison go.

Reedy originally joined New England a month ago: After his release by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Patriots signed him to their practice squad. The 26-year old was promoted to the active roster prior to the team's week 13 game against the Buffalo Bills and spent the next two weeks on New England's 53. Overall, Reedy played five snaps for the team – all on special teams – and returned four punts for 32 yards.

When the Patriots' signed free agent wideout Kenny Britt last week, they opted to let Reedy go as a corresponding move. Now, the four-year veteran has returned by way of New England's practice squad. Marcus Hardison, a third-year defensive tackle, was released as a consequence. The 25-year old former undrafted free agent joined the Patriots in early December after starting the season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Following the transactions, New England's practice squad now looks as follows:

OL James Ferentz

WR Cody Hollister

DB David Jones

OL Jason King

CB Ryan Lewis

WR Riley McCarron

WR Bernard Reedy

DB Damarius Travis

TE Will Tye

DB Jomal Wiltz