DL Ron Brace was activated to the Patriots’ 53-man roster after coming off the PUP list two weeks ago. The Pats had an open roster spot after releasing S Ross Ventrone a few days ago. Brace was a second-round pick of the Patriots two years ago, and had struggled adjusting to playing in a 3-4 front. He’s appeared in 22 games with 7 starts and has 37 total tackles. After playing sparingly as a rookie, he appeared in 13 games last season with 5 starts before landing on injured reserve. Most of Brace’s struggles came at playing the nose tackle position in the 3-4. Last season, he played more at left end and appeared more in that position. With the Patriots now playing a 4-3, the same defense Brace played in at Boston College that made him a second-round pick, perhaps we could see a spike in his production and effectiveness. Both DE Shaun Ellis and DT Albert Haynesworth are listed as questionable on the Patriots’ injury report, making it more likely Brace will see the field tomorrow. Even if both injured players play, Brace will provide some depth for the rotation and spell Haynesworth, as Brace is more a 4-3 DT than a DE.
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