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Patriots sign three to practice squad; Release TE Mastrud

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots signed CB Tony Carter, LB Tyrone McKenzie and CB Prince Millerto the practice squad today. In addition, the Patriots released TE Jeron Mastrud from the practice squad.

Carter, 5-9, 175, originally joined the Denver Broncos as a rookie free agent out of Florida State in 2009. He spent the first 14 week of last season on the Denver practice squad before spending the final three games of the season on the active roster. Carter played in two games as a rookie with one start and finished with one solo tackle and fumble recovery. He was waived by Denver on Aug. 30.

McKenzie, 6-2, 245 pounds, was drafted by the Patriots in the third round (97th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft out of South Florida. He missed the entire 2009 training camp due to an injury and was placed on injured reserve on Aug. 31 and missed his rookie season. He was waived by the Patriots on Sept. 5.

Miller, 5-8, 198 pounds, originally signed with Baltimore as a rookie free agent out of Georgia on May 6, 2010. He was waived by Baltimore on Sept. 5. Miller played in 52 career games at Georgia and totaled 126 tackles and also returned 28 punts with one returned for a touchdown.

Mastrud, 6-6, 253 pounds, originally signed with Tampa Bay as a rookie free agent out of Kansas State on April 26, 2010. He appeared in 48 games and finished his college career ranked 18th in school history and first among tight ends with 1,219 receiving yards.

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