FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots signed OL Rich Ohrnberger to the 53-man roster from the practice squad today. In addition, the Patriots signed OL Thomas Austin and T Steve Maneri to the practice squad.
Ohrnberger, 6-2, 300 pounds, was drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Penn State. As a rookie last season, he played in three games and was inactive for 13 games and the postseason game vs. Baltimore (1/10). He was waived by the Patriots on Sept. 4, 2010 and signed to the practice squad on Sept. 6.
Austin, 6-4, 310 pounds, was originally signed by Minnesota as a rookie free agent on April 24, 2010 out of Clemson. He was waived by Minnesota on Sept. 4.
Maneri, 6-6, 290 pounds, spent the first three weeks of the 2010 season on the 53-man roster of New England after being claimed off waivers from Houston on Sept. 5, 2010. He was waived by the Patriots on Sept. 27. Maneri originally signed with Houston as a rookie free agent on May 7, 2010 out of Temple. Maneri was inactive for the first three games of the season for the Patriots.