Pats reinstate fullback Fiammetta

The Patriots have reinstated fullback Tony Fiammetta to the active roster from the reserve/left squad.

Fiammetta, signed last offseason, was placed on the reserve/left squad last August to deal with a family issue, the team announced at the time.

The 6-foot, 250-pound Fiammetta, 26, was signed by the Patriots after spending one season with the Dallas Cowboys. He originally entered the league as a 2009 fourth-round draft choice of the Carolina Panthers, whom he played with for two seasons.

The Patriots signed both Fiammetta and Spencer Larsen last offseason, but Larsen missed the entire year due to an injury. He was released earlier this offseason.

The team used Michael Hoomanawanui in an H-back role last season to account for many of its two-back sets on offense, and also has James Develin on the roster. Fiammetta is considered a physical blocker out of the backfield who can also play on special teams. He has 19 total offensive touches in his career.

NFL rosters expand to 90 players during the offseason.