McKenzie clears waivers, stays in N.E.

Inside linebacker Tyrone McKenzie has cleared waivers and will return to the Patriots as a member of their practice squad.

A 2009 third-round pick, McKenzie was waived by the team on Sunday to make room for veteran linebacker Tracy White, who is considered a strong special teams player.

Had McKenzie been waived one day earlier, he could have had a greater chance of being claimed by another team. But with most teams setting their 53-man rosters and shifting their preparations for the season opener into a higher gear, McKenzie slipped through.

The Patriots now have seven players on their practice squad and can fill one more slot. With just two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, the team would presumably like to add another player at the position, on the practice squad.