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Pats promote Ventrone

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  September 24, 2011 05:20 PM

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The Patriots will promote defensive back Ross Ventrone to the 53-man roster to fill the spot that opened up with the team released TE Dan Gronkowski yesterday, a league source said.

Ventrone is in his second year with the Pats; he was an undrafted rookie out of Villanova last year. His brother, Ray, was a member of the team here for three seasons before leaving for Cleveland as a free agent in 2009.

At this time, it looks like Ventrone's promotion is the only roster move New England will make before tomorrow's game. They have just one healthy tight end - Rob Gronkowski - and two healthy tackles - Matt Light and Nate Solder - available to them.

Update (5:20 p.m.): The Patriots have officially announced Ventrone's promotion, and also that they have brought back LB A.J. Edds, who was released earlier this week. Edds is signed to the practice squad spot that opened up with the Ventrone move.

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