The Patriots have announced the re-signing of offensive lineman Chris Barker to the practice squad and the release of defensive end Ben Bass . Bass played in two games with Dallas in 2012, but none since.
The Patriots released six players and placed two on injured reserve to get down to the 75-man limit. Released were defensive lineman Ben Bass, defensive backs Jemea Thomas and Travis Hawkins, receivers Derrick Johnson and Wilson Van Hooser, and linebacker Deontae Skinner.The team put rookie running back Tyler Gaffney and rookie linebacker Cameron Gordon on injured reserve.
According to ESPN Boston, the following players are not expected to dress for the Patriots Friday night against Philadelphia: wide receiver Aaron Dobson, safety Tavon Wilson, safety Kanorris Davis, tight end D.J. Williams, tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, linebacker Cameron Gordon, linebacker Jerod Mayo, linebacker Ja'Gared Davis, linebacker James Anderson, center Bryan Stork, offensive tackle Chris Martin, defensive tackle Dominique Easley, wide receiver Jeremy Gallon, tight end Rob Gronkowski, defensive tackle Ben Bass, defensive tackle Jerel Worthy, defensive tackle Chris Jones, running back Tyler Gaffney, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard and defensive tackle Sealver Siliga.
The Patriots and Cowboys struck a deal Tuesday, with defensive back Justin Green heading to Dallas in exchange for defensive tackle Ben Bass. The Cowboys are shorthanded at the cornerback position after Orlando Scandrick received a four-game suspension Monday. Green, who was a rookie free agent last season, spent time on the New England practice squad as well as two games on the active roster. Bass spent all of last season on injured reserve but got into two games during his rookie season in 2012.
Cowboys defensive lineman Ben Bass was placed on injured reserve Friday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. An MRI taken on Bass' dislocated shoulder showed that the injury was more severe than initially though. Rather than missing two to four weeks, Bass will now be sidelined for the remainder of the season as a result of the injury, which will likely require surgery.