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Patriots sign DL Eric Moore; Pierre Woods Released

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots announced today that they have signed DL Eric Moore. To make room on the 53-man roster for Moore, the Patriots released LB Pierre Woods.

Moore, 6-4, 268 pounds, is a veteran of four NFL seasons with the New York Giants (2005), New Orleans Saints (2006) and St. Louis Rams (2006-08). He spent the last seven games of the 2009 season on the Carolina practice squad and went to training camp with the Panthers in 2010 but was waived on Sept. 4.

Moore originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick by the New York Giants out of Florida State in 2005. After playing in eight games as a rookie in 2005, Moore was released by the Giants following training camp in 2006. He was then signed to the New Orleans' practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster and playing in four games for the Saints. After being waived from the Saints, he finished the 2006 season with the St. Louis Rams, seeing action in three games. Moore spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons with the Rams before being released on Sept.9, 2009.

Woods, 6-5, 255 pounds, was re-signed by the Patriots on Nov. 17 and played in two games, finishing with one tackle, one sack and two special teams tackles. Woods went to training camp with New England this past summer but was released on Sept. 4. He is a veteran of five NFL seasons with New England after originally joining the team as a rookie free agent out of Michigan in 2006.

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