Patriots Make Room For Keshawn Martin By Cutting Khyri Thornton

Khyri Thornton, we hardly knew ye.

The New England Patriots waived Thornton on Thursday to make room for newly acquired wide receiver Keshawn Martin, a source told Thornton, a defensive tackle, was claimed off waivers from the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 6 and was inactive Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Patriots’ trade with the Houston Texans for Martin is official. The Patriots shipped a fifth-round draft pick to the Texans for Martin and a sixth-round pick.

Thornton’s release leaves the Patriots with Malcom Brown, Sealver Siliga and Alan Branch at defensive tackle as Dominique Easley nurses a hip injury. Martin joins Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Aaron Dobson on the Patriots’ wide receiver depth chart.

Thumbnail photo via Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via September 14, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Keshawn Martin (82) during the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. The Texans defeated the Raiders 30-14. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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