McKenzie back with Pats

Linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, released by the Patriots on Sunday, will return to the team as a member of its practice squad.

A third-round draft pick last year, McKenzie tore his ACL during non-contact work in his rookie mini-camp just days after being drafted and found himself struggling to gain a spot at inside linebacker after the Pats selected Brandon Spikes in the second round this year.

McKenzie’s story — he transferred colleges twice to tend to family issues in Florida — has quickly made him a player fans are pulling for.

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