FOXBOROUGH, Mass.—The New England Patriots released running back Eric Kettani from their practice squad Friday after he was ordered back to duty with the Navy.
Kettani said in a tweet Friday that he had arrived at the USS Klakring, a frigate which is in Jacksonville, Fla.
"Just reported on the USS Klakring and thank you everyone for your encouraging thoughts and support," the tweet said.
The Patriots had signed Kettani, who played fullback at Navy, on May 4, 2009, and placed him on the reserve/military list July 23, 2009. He was activated from that list July 28, released after training camp and signed to the practice squad.
Kettani is appealing the decision by the Navy.
By releasing him rather than putting him back on the reserve list "we have the option to bring him back if other things get worked out," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Friday. "Once he's on reserve, then he's out for the year."
The Patriots filled the practice squad vacancy with defensive back Josh Victorian, who had been released Wednesday.