Patriots Work Out Free-Agent Running Backs Pierre Thomas, Robert Turbin

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots showed interest in two free-agent running backs Thursday after placing Dion Lewis on injured reserve earlier this week.

The Patriots worked out Robert Turbin and Pierre Thomas, according to a source. Turbin was released by the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday. Thomas also was cut Tuesday after only one game with the San Francisco 49ers.

Turbin, 25, was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He has 249 career rushing attempts for 988 yards and also has caught 45 passes for 435 yards with two touchdowns. He was cut by the Seahawks and claimed off waivers by the Browns on Sept. 10.

Turbin carried the ball just 18 times for 60 yards in three games with the Browns.

Thomas, 30, originally signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent out of Illinois in 2007. He spent eight seasons with New Orleans before being released in March. He went unsigned until the 49ers picked him up Nov. 3.

Thomas has 822 career rushing attempts for 3,757 yards with 28 touchdowns. He also has caught 327 passes for 2,608 yards with 12 touchdowns. He ran the ball just four times for 12 yards in Week 9 with the 49ers.

Thumbnail photo via James Lang/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Oct 18, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Robert Turbin (27) carries the ball in the first half against the Denver Broncos at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

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