FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots announced today that they have signed RB D.J. Foster to the practice squad and released FB Glenn Gronkowski from the practice squad.
Foster, 23, was released from the 53-man roster on Nov. 28, 2016. The 6-foot, 195-pounder, was originally signed by the New England Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Arizona State on May 6, 2016 and made the 53-man roster out of training camp. He played in three games and accrued 24 yards rushing on seven attempts (3.4 avg.) and caught one pass for 2 yards. Foster appeared in 53 games during his four-year career at Arizona State and tallied 4,829 all-purpose yards, including 2,458 yards receiving and 2,355 on the ground.
Gronkowski, 23, was most recently signed to the New England practice squad on Nov. 16, 2016. He has had three stints on the Patriots practice squad. The 6-foot-3, 234-pounder, originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Buffalo Bills on May 2, 2016, out of Kansas State. Gronkowski made the Buffalo 53-man roster and played in the season opener at Baltimore, and did not record any statistics. He was released by Buffalo on Sept. 12, 2016, and signed by the Patriots to the practice squad on Oct. 1. Gronkowski was released on Oct. 12 before being re-signed on Oct. 17 and released again on Nov. 7.