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Some extra green for CB Justin Green

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Rookie Patriots cornerback Justin Green, who played eight snaps in the team's overtime win over the Broncos on Nov. 24 before being waived and re-signed to the practice squad, has earned himself a pay raise.

Green is now earning more than the practice squad minimum as part of an overall salary of $170,000.

The practice squad minimum salary is $102.000, which is what the other seven players on the Patriots' practice squad are being paid.

Green, an undrafted free agent out of Illinois, first joined the team in July prior to training camp. He was waived at the final roster cutdown Aug. 31 and re-signed to the team's practice squad the next day, where he spent all season prior to his promotion for the Nov. 24 Broncos game. The Patriots called on Green for depth as their top cornerbacks were all limited by injuries, and he filled in competitively in limited action against the Broncos.

The Patriots obviously see something they like in Green (5-foot-11, 195 pounds) to give him a pay raise, which is something the team has done in the past with its practice squad players.