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Patriots claim RB Thomas Clayton off waivers from Cleveland

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots announced today that they have claimed and been awarded RB Thomas Clayton off waivers from Cleveland.

Clayton, 5-11, 220 pounds, originally signed with New England on June 11, 2010 and was released on Sept. 4. After his release from the Patriots, Clayton was signed to the Cleveland Browns' practice squad on Sept. 14. He was signed to the New England 53-man roster from the Cleveland practice squad on Sept. 30. He was inactive for two games while on the New England active roster. Clayton was released by the Patriots on Oct. 23 and acquired via waivers by Cleveland on Oct. 26. He played in two games for the Browns before being released on Dec. 1.

Clayton spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons on the San Francisco practice squad and 2009 on injured reserve with the 49ers after originally joining the team as a sixth round draft choice out of Kansas State in 2007. He was inactive during his two games on the New England 53-man roster.

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