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New England Patriots Sign OL Thomas Welch to Practice Squad

The New England Patriots have signed offensive lineman Thomas Welch to the team's practice squad after releasing Welch from the 53-man roster on Monday.

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Welch, a 2010 Patriots seventh-round pick out of Vanderbilt, has spent this season doing the hokey pokey into and off of New England's 53-man roster. He saw his first NFL action this year against the Miami Dolphins, but was released from the 53-man roster two days after the game and signed to the practice squad the following day. Before the Raiders game, on Oct. 1, Welch was again signed to the 53-man roster. 

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The 6-7, 310-pound Welch spent most of last season on Minnesota's practice squad, but was released by Minnesota and signed by the Patriots shortly before the start of the 2011 regular season.

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