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Patriots sign defensive lineman Atiyyah Ellison

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  January 4, 2011 06:51 PM

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Defensive lineman Atiyyah Ellison has been signed to the Patriots active roster and added defensive lineman Marlon Favorite to the practice squad, the team announced moments ago.

Ellison takes the spot of rookie defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick, who was placed on the reserve/suspended list by the Patriots yesterday. Ellison, who is 6-3 and 315 pounds, originally was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the third round of the 2005 draft out of Missouri.

Ellison's NFL journey has taken him to Houston, Baltimore, San Francisco, Jacksonville and Kansas City.

Most recently he was waived by the Jaguars at the end of training camp this season and ended up on Kansas City's active roster for a week before he was released Oct. 27.

Favorite, who is 6-1 and 317 pounds, is in his second NFL season after spending 2009 on a few practice squads. He signed with Carolina in 2009 as a rookie free agent out of Louisiana State. His most recent stop with the Indianapolis Colts, but he was released before the 2010 regular season began.

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