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Patriots Sign Former Steelers S Ross Ventrone To Their Practice Squad

A few weeks ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers parted ways with safety Ross Ventrone in order to make room on their 53-man roster for wide receiver Martavis Bryant after he had served his four-game suspension. On Wednesday, Ross Ventrone was signed to the practice squad of the New England Patriots.

The Wednesday move now means that Ross Ventrone will be reunited with his older brother Raymond Ventrone, who is the Patriots special-teams assistant coach.

Additionally, Ross Ventrone is no stranger to the Patriots organization as he bounced between their 53 man roster and practice squad during his first three years in the league after being originally signed by them in 2010 as an undrafted free agent. During that span of time, Ross Ventrone was reportedly signed, promoted, or released by the Patriots a total of 29 times.

While Ross Ventrone never played a defensive snap during the 14 games that he dressed for the Steelers, he was a core special teams player on punt and kickoff coverages. If not for multiple hamstring injuries that he suffered while in Pittsburgh, he probably would have dressed for more games with the Steelers. In fact, his latest hamstring injury that he suffered in the Week 5 Monday night game against the San Diego Chargers is what probably led to him being the odd man out when Bryant needed to be activated back to the 53-man roster.

Being as the Patriots could be without the services of injured core special teamer Brandon Bolden this week, Ross Ventrone might very well find himself back on their 53-man roster come Thursday night when the team plays the Miami Dolphins at home.

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