Rookie LB Harris signed to practice squad

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots have signed former Alabama linebacker Jerrell Harris to the practice squad.

The undrafted rookie, 23, started five games last season for Alabama, playing alongside Patriots first-round draft choice Dont'a Hightower. In 12 games, he had 2.5 tackles for a loss.

Harris (6-foot-3, 242 pounds) was in training camp with the Atlanta Falcons before being released during final cuts. He worked out for the Patriots on Sept. 4 and later spent time on the Jacksonville Jaguars' practice squad.