The New England Patriots announced the signing of rookie free agent Maugaula Tuitele to the practice squad today. The Patriots now report four players on their practice squad.
Tuitele, 22, originally signed with the Patriots as a rookie free agent following the 2000 NFL draft. The 6-foot-2-inch, 255-pound linebacker for Colorado State was released by the Patriots when the team trimmed their roster to 53 players on Aug. 27, 2000.
Tuitele played in all five preseason games for the Patriots and was tied for eighth on the team with 13 tackles, including one sack.