Pats announce 7 to practice squad

The Patriots announced the following players have been signed to their practice squad (the team leaves one spot open):

1. G Thomas Austin (former Patriot who had been claimed by Texans in 2011)

2. FB Eric Kettani (spent 2011 on Patriots practice squad)

3. WR Sam Kirkland (rookie free agent from Kent State who was with Redskins in preseason)

4. OT Matt Kopa (spent 2011 on Patriots practice squad)

5. TE Alex Silvestro (spent 2011 on Patriots practice squad as defensive end)

6. LB Jeff Tarpinian (appeared in 7 games, with 1 start, for Patriots last season)

7. DB Malcolm Williams (2011 seventh-round draft choice of Patriots; 5 games played in 2011; also practice squad)