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As Scooby Wright III returns, Patriots release Gerri Green from practice squad

Linebacker Scooby Wright III started New England’s preseason finale.

New York Giants v New England Patriots Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Scooby Wright III reconvened with the New England Patriots on Friday.

The 25-year-old linebacker, who started and recorded two sacks in New England’s preseason finale less than a week after signing, had previously been waived as part of Labor Day weekend’s roster deadline.

Wright’s return to the Gillette Stadium backfields coincides with defensive end Gerri Green’s release from the practice squad, as ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported.

Wright originally entered the league in the seventh round of the 2016 draft. A 6-foot, 240-pound unanimous All-American while at the University of Arizona, he’s since made stops with the Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals and the Alliance of American Football’s Arizona Hotshots.

Wright played in 13 games for the Cardinals across the 2016 and 2017 regular seasons. And in his lone preseason audition for the Patriots this August, the linebacker saw 49 snaps on defense to go with 16 snaps on special teams.

Green had been assigned Wright’s No. 96 practice jersey with New England, and was selected No. 199 overall by the Indianapolis Colts out of Mississippi State in April.

A spot remains open on New England’s active roster following the release of wide receiver Antonio Brown.