Former New England Patriots defensive lineman Joe Vellano lost his home to a fire on Thursday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. It’s been a particularly bad week for Vellano, who was released by the Patriots during the standard roster cut-down process.
Vellano, 27, was fortunately signed to the Atlanta Falcons practice squad, so at least he’s not completely out of work or anything of that nature.
An undrafted player out of Maryland in 2013, Vellano made New England’s 53-man roster as a rookie and played in all 16 games with eight starts. He also played in both postseason games that year, and finished with 48 tackles and two sacks.
In 2014, Vellano initially made the 53-man roster, was demoted to the practice squad during the season and then brought back up to the main roster for the postseason. He played in five games with one start in the regular season and saw action in the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts. He had six tackles and one sack in 2014.
Vellano spent time on the Colts’ practice squad before he rejoined the Patriots prior to his release. He has a lot of experience for a practice squad player, but isn’t considered to have a high ceiling and it’s unclear where his career goes from here.