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Michael Roberts, waived by Lions after trade to Patriots fell through, claimed by Packers

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Michael Roberts, waived by Lions after trade to Patriots fell through, claimed by Packers

The New England Patriots made a move to acquire a tight end via a trade with the Detroit Lions last Thursday. The Lions agreed to send Michael Roberts to the Patriots for a conditional seventh-round pick.

Roberts, a third-year man out of Toledo, was coming off a three-touchdown season with the Lions though he only caught nine passes for an even 100 yards.

Roberts was expected to provide depth for the Patriots, who are lacking at the tight end position in the wake of Rob Gronkowski's retirement. However, the trade was voided due to a failed physical just one day after it occurred. So, Roberts reverted back to the Lions who subsequently waived him.

On Monday, it was revealed that Roberts did have a new home. That comes with the Green Bay Packers. The Packers claimed Roberts on waivers (per Pro Football Talk's Josh Alper) to add to their tight end room. Roberts is the eighth tight end on the Packers' roster, and he will certainly find himself behind Jimmy Graham, Marcedes Lewis, and third-round rookie, Jace Sternberger, as he looks to establish himself.

With Roberts' brief Patriots stint now officially over, the team will likely turn to Matt LaCosse as their Week 1 starter at tight end. LaCosse had 24 catches for 250 yards and a touchdown with the Denver Broncos last year. Ben Watson could end up topping the team's depth chart, but he is suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's PED policy.

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Marquis Flowers, Sterling Moore, Sealver Siliga among ex-Patriots taken in XFL draft

Marquis Flowers, Sterling Moore, Sealver Siliga among ex-Patriots taken in XFL draft

Former Patriots linebacker Marquis Flowers, ex-Pats Sterling Moore, a cornerback, and Sealver Siliga, a defensive tackle, were among the players with New England ties selected in the XFL draft.

The spring football league that played one season in 2001 is being rebooted and will begin play in February with eight teams. Its two-day draft concluded Wednesday.

Players were picked in five phases of the draft in the following order: skill position, offensive line, defensive front seven and defensive backs. An open portion concluded the draft.

Flowers, 27, who played for the Patriots in 2017, was selected with the Dallas Renegades' second pick of the open portion.

Siliga, 29, a Patriot from 2012-15, also went to Dallas with their second pick of the front seven phase.

Moore, 29, known for stripping the ball from Baltimore Ravens receiver Lee Evans in the end zone and denying what would've been a winning touchdown catch in the Pats' 2011 AFC Championship Game victory, was picked by the Seattle Dragons in the defensive back phase.

Other notable ex-Patriots, defensive end Kony Ealy, acquired in a trade by New England in 2017 but cut that summer in training camp, was the first pick of the Houston Roughnecks in the open phase. Running back Ralph Webb, an undrafted free agent who had a strong preseason opener in 2018 before being cut, was the first pick of the Tampa Bay Vipers in the open phase and linebacker Scooby Wright, who played for the Patriots this past preseason and was cut from their practice squad Oct. 1, was chosen by the DC Defenders in the front-seven phase. 

Former Boston College running back Andre Williams was selected by Houston in the skill position phase.

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Ex-Patriot Trent Brown denies domestic violence allegations in statement

Ex-Patriot Trent Brown denies domestic violence allegations in statement

Former Patriot and current Raiders offensive lineman Trent Brown was sued by his ex-girlfriend for domestic violence, and he responded to the allegations with a statement via Twitter on Wednesday.

“I am aware that my ex-girlfriend has filed a civil suit against me,” Brown tweeted. “I deny the claims. They are false. I believe in the court system where I will clear my name. I will not be making any further comment at this time.”

The disturbing acts Brown is being accused of allegedly took place over the spring and summer of this year. After helping the Patriots to their sixth Super Bowl title, the 26-year-old signed a four-year, $66 million deal with the Raiders in March.

The NFL is expected to investigate the civil allegations just as it investigated Antonio Brown's, according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.

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