FOXBORO, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced that they have re-signed linebacker Matt Chatham to the team's practice squad and have released linebacker Maugaula Tuitele.
Chatham, 24, originally joined the Patriots when he was claimed off waivers on Aug. 28, 2000. He saw action in six games last season before being placed on injured reserve on Nov. 22, 2000. The 6-foot-4-inch, 250-pound linebacker was waived by the Patriots on Sept. 2, 2001. He re-signed with the team as a practice squad player on September 4 and was activated on September 23. He recorded two tackles vs. the Jets. He was waived on Tuesday, Sept. 25.
Tuitele, 23, originally signed with the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Colorado State on April 19, 2000. He was waived on Aug. 27, then re-signed by the team on Nov. 11, 2000. He made his NFL debut at Detroit on Thanksgiving Day (11/23/00). He was waived on Dec. 1 and was re-signed to the practice squad for the remainder of the year. This year, the 6-foot-2-inch, 253-pound linebacker was waived on Aug. 28, 2001. He was signed to the practice squad on Tuesday, Sept. 25.
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