FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots claimed and were awarded rookie OL Dustin Waldron off waivers from the Miami Dolphins today.
In addition, the Patriots placed OL Jamey Richard on injured reserve.
Waldron, 22, originally was signed by the Miami Dolphins as a rookie free agent on May 4, 2012, out of Portland State. He was released by Miami on August 1, 2012. The 6-foot-5, 310-pounder was a three-year starter at left tackle and earned all conference honors as a senior.
Richard, 27, signed with the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent from Indianapolis on May 29, 2012. A veteran of four seasons with the Indianapolis, Richard originally joined the Colts as a seventh-round draft pick (236th overall) in 2008 out of the University of Buffalo.
The 6-foot-5 inch, 295-pounder has played in 48 regular season games with 11 starts. He has also played in four postseason games, including Super Bowl XLIV when the Colts played the Saints. Richard has played center and guard during his career. Last season, he played in nine games as a reserve and on special teams.