Nick Thurman made his return to the New England Patriots’ practice squad on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old defensive tackle had been waived on the eve of New England’s 23-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens and went unclaimed to begin the week.
Thurman spent the duration of the 2019 regular season on the practice squad before appearing in six games this fall as a standard elevation, Covid-19 replacement and eventual activation to the 53-man roster.
Those games included his first career start along with seven tackles through 92 snaps on defense and 13 on special teams.
Thurman originally entered the league with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2018. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound University of Houston product made a stop with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the following spring before landing in Foxborough.
In additional Wednesday movement on the scout team, New England released wide receiver Mason Kinsey and restored tight end Jake Burt from injured reserve, according to the transaction wire.
Kinsey, 22, had been in his second stint with the Patriots after going undrafted out of Division III Berry College and spending training camp with the Tennessee Titans. The 5-foot-10, 198-pound slot target first signed with New England in September and re-signed in October.
Burt, 24, went on the practice squad-injured list last month. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound tight end from Boston College arrived as part of April’s undrafted class and joined the 16-man practice squad at its formation.
The Patriots will visit the Texans for a 1 p.m. ET kickoff next Sunday at NRG Stadium.