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Patriots sign veteran defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois

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The New England Patriots have signed veteran defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

The 30-year-old Jean Francois has played in six games this season, during two different stints with the Green Bay Packers, logging two tackles. He has previously played in San Francisco, Indianapolis and Washington, totaling 155 tackles and 12 sacks.

Jean Francois will join a defensive line that has relied upon a rotation of Malcolm Brown, Lawrence Guy and Alan Branch, and rookie Adam Butler. If Brown can’t play Sunday due to an injury against the Denver Broncos, Jean Francois could be called upon into game action.

In order to make room for Jean Francois on their 53-man roster, the Patriots placed linebacker Dont’a Hightower on injured reserve due to a shoulder injury.

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