Shelton signed a contract with the Patriots on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Shelton had his fifth-year option for 2019 declined shortly after being acquired by the Patriots from the Browns in March 2018, but he nonetheless returns to New England after testing the waters in free agency. The 25-year-old had 21 tackles (10 solo) and did not record a sack in 13 games for the Patriots last season.
The Browns traded Shelton to the Patriots on Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. The Browns will receive a conditional draft pick in return for Shelton. The Patriots have a need at defensive tackle, and it looks like Shelton will not only get an opportunity to carve out a role on the line, but potentially earn a starting spot. He has logged 128 tackles (71 solo) and 1.5 sacks in 46 games across three seasons with the Browns. While his numbers do not necessarily jump off the page, he is a big body who can eat up blockers and allow the Patriots' linebackers freedom to roam.
Shelton (chest/ribs) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Ravens. Shelton finished the week with a full practice after initially being limited due to the dual injuries. The 24-year-old was inactive for last week's loss to the Packers but should return to his starting role along the defensive line in Week 15.
Shelton was limited during Wednesday's practice due to chest and rib injuries. Shelton sat out during the Week 14 loss to the Packers after failing to practice all week, so the fact that he returned Wednesday as a limited participant is a positive sign for his status heading into Sunday's game against the Ravens.
Shelton (ribs) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Packers. Shelton has been a key factor in a quality Cleveland run defense this season but will take a seat for the Week 14 matchup. Look for Caleb Brantley or Larry Ogunjobi to see extra snaps in his stead.
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