Report: Pats add Francis to practice squad

Report: Pats add Francis to practice squad
September 10, 2013, 11:00 am
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The Patriots practice squad currently contains the maximum eight bodies, but a Tuesday addition will shake up that unit's complexion just a bit.

New England has signed A.J. Francis onto the team's practice squad, according to a report. The move comes three days after the Patriots cut the Maryland defensive tackle from the active roster. Francis was an undrafted free agent who originally caught on with the Miami Dolphins before their AFC East rival up in Foxboro grabbed him off the waiver wire on September 1. 

The Patriots have not officially announced Francis' designation to the practice squad, but if he is indeed returning to the team (even if it isn't on the 53-man roster), that does mean another player must be let go in the process.

According to a source at NESN, that odd man out is Quentin Sims, a rookie wide receiver who also failed to hear his name called on draft day. The release was necessary to keep the team's practice squad at its maximum capacity.

Sims originally joined that 8-man outlet on July 19. He was first released on Aug. 31 before being signed back two days later. The Tennessee-Martin product is now once again on the streets just a little over one week later.