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Patriots acquire two defensive linemen in separate trades; place TE Terrence Miller on IR

The New England Patriots have announced the following transactions on Friday, August 15, 2014.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. –** The New England Patriots announced today that they have acquired two players via trade. The Patriots acquired DE Jerel Worthy from the Green Bay Packers in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick and DT Ben Bass in a trade with the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for DB Justin Green.

In addition, the Patriots placed rookie TE Terrence Miller on injured reserve.

Worthy, 24, was originally drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the second round (51st overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Michigan State. The 6-foot-2, 308-pounder appeared in 16 regular-season games with four starts over two seasons and accumulated 11 tackles, 2½ sacks and one forced fumble. Worthy began last season on the Physically Unable to Perform List before being activated to the 53-man roster on Nov. 23, 2013, and played in two games.

Bass, 24, originally joined the Dallas Cowboys in 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M. The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder spent most of the 2012 season on the Cowboys' practice squad before being activated to the 53-man roster on Nov. 13, 2013. Bass appeared in two games as a rookie before being placed on injured reserve on Dec. 1, 2012. He went to training camp with the Cowboys in 2013 but was placed on injured reserve prior to the start of the regular season.

Green, 23, originally signed with the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Illinois on July 21, 2013, and was released at the end of training camp before being re-signed to the practice squad. The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder played in two regular-season games with the Patriots last year after spending most of the season on the practice squad.

Miller, 22, was signed by the Patriots on Aug. 10, 2014. He was originally signed by the New York Jets as a rookie free agent out of Arizona on May 11, 2014. The 6-foot-4, 234-pounder, was released by the Jets on June 19, 2014. Miller finished his college career at Arizona with 95 receptions for 1,117 yards and three touchdowns.

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