The Patriots have added defensive lineman Ron Brace to the 53-man roster, elevating him off the physically unable to perform list, the team announced.
Brace, a 2009 second-round pick out of Boston College, adds another option at defensive tackle in the Patriots' four-man front, joining Vince Wilfork, Kyle Love, Albert Haynesworth, Gerard Warren and Brandon Deaderick.
Haynesworth is questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants with a back injury, so Brace provides an added layer of depth. Also, with starting left end Shaun Ellis questionable with a rib injury, it makes it more likely that Deaderick will play end, thinning the depth on the interior.
The 6-foot-3, 330-pound Brace has played in 22 career games (7 starts). He played sparingly as a rookie, with the Patriots mostly working him at nose tackle in their 3-4 scheme. Last year, Brace looked more comfortable at left end in the 3-4.
Now, with the Patriots playing more 4-3 base defense, the 24-year-old Brace returns to a scheme closer to what he played at Boston College. Perhaps that sparks more production from Brace, who hasn't matched second-round expectations to this point.
The Patriots had an open roster spot after releasing safety Ross Ventrone on Thursday.