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The New England Patriots are bringing back a familiar face to the 53-man roster.

Patriots bringing DE Geneo Grissom back to 53-man roster

Ryan Wooden

The New England Patriots are expected to promote defensive end Geneo Grissom from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, according to a report from ESPN.com’s Patriots beat writer Mike Reiss.

Grissom was originally a third-round pick of the Patriots at the 2015 NFL Draft and has bounced back and forth between the active roster and the practice squad ever since.

The Oklahoma product has played in 30 games for New England over the last three seasons, recording 7 total tackles and a sack. He’s played in just 4 games in 2017.

He’s being brought back to give New England some experienced special teams health, as that unit has been decimated by injuries throughout the season. Grissom will also provide some additional depth off the edge.

The Patriots won’t have to announce a corresponding move after placing tight end Martellus Bennett and safety Nate Ebner on injured reserve earlier in the week. New England also signed linebacker Nicholas Grigsby from the Baltimore Ravens practice squad to fill the additional vacancy on their 53-man roster, so they’ll enter Sunday’s contest with the Bills with their full allotment of players.