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Patriots release QB Jake Dolegala from practice squad as sixth-rounder Cassh Maluia returns

Central Connecticut State product Jake Dolegala spent 2019 with Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Bengals Rookie Camp Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Cassh Maluia would be away from Gillette Stadium for a matter of hours.

After clearing waivers on Wednesday, the New England Patriots announced the re-signing of the rookie linebacker to the practice squad on Thursday.

Quarterback Jake Dolegala has been released in a corresponding move.

Maluia, 22, arrived in the sixth round of April’s NFL draft out of Wyoming. Pick No. 204 overall joined the New England practice squad at its formation on Labor Day weekend and was added to the 53-man roster prior to the opener. Since then, Maluia has played in six games while seeing 65 snaps on special teams.

Dolegala, 24, originally entered the league with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2019. The Central Connecticut State product spent the duration of his rookie year on Cincinnati’s active roster but did not appear in a game beyond the preseason. He agreed to terms with New England at the midway point in September as the fourth QB behind Cam Newton, Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer.

“Jake’s smart and he works hard,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said of the 6-foot-7 Dolegala last week. “He spends a lot of extra time here, and is very willing to do whatever we need him to do to help our team on the practice field or walkthrough or any other situation he’s involved in.”

New England’s scout team remains at 16 with the Baltimore Ravens set to visit for an 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff Sunday.