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Patriots promote Forston, release Neblett

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  October 12, 2013 06:00 PM

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The Patriots swapped defensive tackles on Saturday, promoting Marcus Forston off the practice squad in advance of their Week 6 game against the Saints.

To make room for Forston, Andre Neblett was released. Neblett, a fourth-year veteran, was signed on Wednesday to help bolster the Patriots' depth at tackle after Vince Wilfork's season-ending injury last month plus Tommy Kelly's knee injury suffered against the Bengals in Week 5, which will keep him out of Sunday's game with New Orleans.

Forston, 24, is listed at 6-foot-3, 305 pounds. The Patriots signed him as a rookie free agent out of Miami (Fla.) last year and he spent most of the year on the practice squad. He played in one game in 2012, and provided he is active against the Saints, it will be the first time he's active this season.

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