Patriots put DL Ron Brace on injured reserve
The move opens a roster spot that is expected to be filled by rookie linebacker Brandon Spikes, who was eligible to return Monday after serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
The Patriots also cut defensive lineman Lorenzo Washington from their practice squad.
New England has a bye before facing Kansas City, Baltimore or the New York Jets in the playoffs.
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