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Patriots acquire Doug Gabriel; release nine players

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots acquired veteran wide receiver Doug Gabriel in a trade with the Oakland Raiders today in exchange for an undisclosed draft choice. The Patriots also announced that running back Patrick Pass has been placed on the reserve/PUP list and that linebacker Barry Gardner and safety Tebucky Jones have been placed on the reserve/injured list. Gardner and Jones will miss the remainder of the 2006 season with leg injuries. Additionally, the Patriots announced that nine players have been released in compliance with the NFL's regular-season active roster limit, which went into effect at 6:00 p.m. EDT. The players involved in today's transactions are listed below.

Gabriel, 26, is entering his fourth NFL season after playing in 42 games with seven starts for the Oakland Raiders from 2003-05. The 6-foot-2-inch, 215-pound wide receiver was originally selected by the Raiders in the fifth round (167th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft out of Central Florida. In his NFL career, Gabriel has totaled 71 receptions for 1,122 yards (15.8 avg.) and five touchdowns. Additionally, the Miami native has recorded 86 career kickoff returns for 1,850 yards (21.5 avg.), including an 85-yard touchdown return in 2003. Last season with Oakland, Gabriel recorded a career-high 37 receptions for 554 yards (15.0 avg.) and three touchdowns. In 2004, he recorded 33 catches for 551 yards (16.7 avg.) and two touchdowns.

ACQUIRED VIA TRADE FROM OAKLAND

NAME POS HT WT BORN YR COLLEGE H.S. HOMETOWN
Gabriel, Doug WR 6-2 215 08/27/80 4 Central Florida Miami, Fla.

PLACED ON RESERVE/PUP LIST

NAME POS HT WT BORN YR COLLEGE H.S. HOMETOWN
Pass, Patrick RB 5-10 217 12/31/77 7 Georgia Tucker, Ga.

PLACED ON RESERVE/INJURED LIST

NAME POS HT WT BORN YR COLLEGE H.S. HOMETOWN INJURY
Gardner, Barry LB 6-1 245 12/13/76 8 Northwester Harvey, Ill. Leg
Jones,Tebucky S 6-2 220 10/06/74 9 Syracuse New Britain, Conn. Leg

RELEASED

NAME POS HT WT BORN YR COLLEGE H.S. HOMETOWN
Hand, Randy T 6-6 310 01/10/84 R Florida Fort Myers, Fla.
Kight,Kelvin WR 6-0 213 07/02/82 1 Flordia Decatur, Ga.
Klecko,Dan DL 5-11 275 01/12/81 4 Temple Colts Neck, N.J.
Mays, Corey LB 6-1 245 11/27/83 R Notre Dame Chicago, Ill.
Scott, Gus S 5-10 205 05/21/82 3 Florida Jacksonville, Fla.
Spann,Antwain CB 6-0 190 02/22/83 1 Louisiana-Lafayette El Camino, Calif.
Stevenson,Dan G 6-5 300 10/04/82 R Notre Dame Barrington, Ill.
Thomas,Santonio DL 6-4 305 07/02/81 1 Miami(Fla.) Belle Glade, Fla.
Yates, Billy G 6-2 305 04/15/80 3 Texas A&M Fort Worth, Texas

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