FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots signed offensive tackle Brennan Curtin and cornerback Antwain Spann to the practice squad today. The practice squad now stands at its limit of eight players in advance of the Patriots' playoff game against Jacksonville on Sat., Jan. 7. New England's 53-man active roster is also at its limit following the signing of wide receiver Bam Childress from the practice squad on Dec. 31.
Curtin, 25, was originally drafted by the Green Bay Packers out of Notre Dame in the sixth round (212th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-9-inch, 335-pound offensive lineman spent the 2003 and 2004 seasons with the Packers, but did not see game action. He was listed among the day-of-game inactives for each game of the 2003 regular-season and playoffs. In 2004, he was placed on injured reserve in the preseason and missed the entire regular season and playoffs. Curtin was released by the Packers on Aug. 17, 2005.
Spann, 22, was originally signed by the New York Giants as a rookie free agent on May 17, 2005. The 6-foot, 185-pound defensive back played for two seasons at Louisiana-Lafayette from 2003-04. Spann spent 2005 training camp with the Giants before being released on Aug. 30.