Casey Walker was waived by the New England Patriots on Thursday to make room for running back LeGarrette Blount, but Blount isn’t the only one making a return.
New England re-signed Walker to the practice squad on Saturday after the 6-foot-1, 335-pound defensive tackle cleared waivers one day prior, according to the league transaction wire.
Since joining the Patriots by way of the Carolina Panthers’ practice squad on Sept. 27, the 24-year-old has played in the first five regular-season games of his NFL career, registering one start, 11 tackles and one sack. He logged 159 snaps over that span, according to Pro Football Focus, as incumbent defensive tackle Sealver Siliga recovered from a foot injury on short-term injured reserve.
Siliga has since become eligible to be activated. And against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 11, veteran addition Alan Branch saw an expanded role in the defensive line rotation, while Walker was a healthy inactive.
Walker was originally signed by the Panthers as an undrafted rookie in 2013, and spent two months on the team’s practice squad. He joins fellow 2013 undrafted defensive tackle Joe Vellano on New England’s.
To open a spot for Walker on the 10-man roster, the Patriots have released linebacker Ja’Gared Davis. Davis, a 6-foot, 236-pound Southern Methodist product, has played four games on special teams since arriving in Foxborough in August of 2013.