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Patriots re-sign former linebacker Jonathan Freeny

The Patriots needed an extra special teams linebacker.

Houston Texans v New England Patriots Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The New England Patriots re-signed linebacker Jonathan Freeny, according to NESN’s Doug Kyed.

The Patriots needed extra linebacker support with Kyle Van Noy battling a lower leg injury and Freeny knows the Patriots defense as a depth option, while also being able to contribute on special teams.

New England had an open roster spot due to Rob Gronkowski’s suspension, so there does not need to be a corresponding roster move to account for the addition of Freeny.