Patriots add four to practice squad

Updated: September 5, 2010, 11:59 PM ET
By Mike Reiss |

The New England Patriots worked toward filling their eight-man practice squad Sunday, bringing back outside linebacker Shawn Crable, wide receiver Darnell Jenkins, center/guard Rich Ohrnberger and safety Sergio Brown, all of whom were waived by the team earlier this summer.

Crable, a third-round draft choice of the Patriots in 2008, was waived by the team prior to the start of training camp and had not been picked up by another club.

He adds depth and knowledge of the defensive system at an outside linebacker spot that is a question mark for the club, with veteran Derrick Burgess having been released on Saturday.

Jenkins, whose agent said he was coming back to theh Patriots, had a strong preseason finale, but it wasn't enough to earn a roster spot as the Patriots kept six receivers in Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Brandon Tate, Julian Edelman, Taylor Price and Matthew Slater.

Jenkins, who went undrafted out of Miami in 2008, spent time on the practice squads of the Patriots, Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009.

Second-year center/guard Ohrnberger, a 2009 fourth-round pick, started the preseason finale against the Giants at right guard and was credited by Bill Belichick for doing a "good, solid job" against top competition.

Ohrnberger adds depth at guard, where the Patriots have been tested with Logan Mankins not reporting to camp and Nick Kaczur sidelined with a back injury.

Brown, a rookie free agent out of Notre Dame, also will return to the Patriots, according to a league source.

Brown appeared to be making a late charge for a roster spot in the preseason, but when the Patriots traded for Jarrad Page on Saturday, he was edged out.

The Patriots' depth at safety took a hit when Brandon McGowan was placed on season-ending injured reserve Saturday, so the addition of Page, along with Brown returning to the practice squad, boosts the team's numbers at the position.

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