The New England Patriots and oft-waived defensive back Ross Ventrone reached an injury settlement that will allow him to join the practice squad once again. It’s good to hear, because I can’t find a single person who wouldn’t want to see Ventrone on the practice squad. I mean, who doesn’t like the guy? Ventrone is awesome.
Anyway, it’s incredible how many times he gets signed and released; it’s like a running gag for the Patriots. He was waived and re-signed five times last season, which makes me wonder what the world record is for that and which player holds it.
Because the settlement happened within five days of Ventrone being placed on the injured reserve, he will be able to return to the team this season. More specifically, Ventrone can return six weeks after however long said injury settlement lasts, which, like his injury that got him placed on the IR Monday, was undisclosed.
The 25-year-old Villanova product actually set, well the Patriots did, his “career high” of times waived and re-signed in 2011 after doing so six times. Ventrone, Aaron Lavarias (waived), Britt Davis (released earlier this month), Matt Kopa (waived), and Mike Rivera (53-man roster) were among the practice squad members signed to future contracts in February. Kopa and Lavarias could join Ventrone on the practice squad.
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