The active practice squad returned to 16 for the New England Patriots on Thursday.
And in the process, so did Paul Quessenberry.
Quessenberry, 28, served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps after playing defensive end at the Naval Academy. His career with the Midshipmen spanned 38 games and included 80 tackles, 3.5 sacks as well as one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
New England placed undrafted defensive tackle Bill Murray on the Covid-19 reserve list this week, in addition to quarterback Cam Newton and cornerback Stephon Gilmore, which in turn opened a spot on the practice squad for the 6-foot-2, 250-pound Quessenberry.
The Patriots worked remotely on Wednesday and Thursday and will do the same on Friday. Kickoff against the Denver Broncos has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. ET Monday at Gillette Stadium.