Patriots Claim Defensive Tackle Khyri Thornton Off Waivers From Packers

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots’ initial 53-man roster was anything but final after they made cuts Saturday.

Expect a lot of movement before the Patriots take on the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday in the NFL’s season opener. The first shoe already dropped when the Patriots claimed defensive tackle Khyri Thornton off waivers from the Green Bay Packers. That means they must release a player to make room for their new defensive lineman.

Thornton was drafted by the Packers in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Southern Miss. He didn’t play a game last season after being placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.

Thornton joins Sealver Siliga, Alan Branch, Malcom Brown and Dominique Easley on the Patriots’ defensive tackle depth chart.

None of the players waived by the Patriots on Friday or Saturday were claimed by teams. That means any of the 19 players, including running back Jonas Gray, could be added to the Patriots’ practice squad Sunday. Tight end Asante Cleveland already signed to the Patriots’ practice squad.

Thumbnail photo via Scott Rovak/USA TODAY Sports Images

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