Joseph Fauria has joined the Patriots' practice squad, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
The 6-foot-7, 267-pounder displayed some red zone prowess as a rookie with the Lions in 2013, but at this stage, he's merely insurance for the Patriots in the event of an injury to one of the team's currently-rostered tight ends: Rob Gronkowski, Scott Chandler or Michael Williams.
The Cardinals dropped Fauria from the 53-man roster in order to make room for running back Kerwynn Williams, who was added from the practice squad with the impending absence of Andre Ellington for Sunday's game against the Bears. Fauria was inactive for the Cardinals' Week 1 win over the Saints.
Fauria, who was recently released by Detroit, peaked in 2013 with seven touchdowns out of his 18 receptions. But he caught only six passes last year with one score.
"We know he can catch the ball," Arizona offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin told the team website. Hopefully he can contribute on Sunday."
Fauria was a third-year player out of UCLA, while Moore was entering his fourth season our of Boise State.
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