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Report: Pats sign former XFL long snapper after Cardona injury

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The New England Patriots reportedly are adding some special teams insurance.

The Patriots have signed long snapper Brian Khoury while Joe Cardona deals with an injury, The Boston Globe's Jim McBride reports.

Cardona, the team's primary long snapper since 2015, left Sunday's practice with an injury and "could miss a little time," per The Athletic's Jeff Howe. Khoury was present at Patriots training camp practice Monday.

Khoury has an interesting football journey: After playing defensive end at Division III Carnegie Mellon University, he worked as an engineer at Ford Motor Company before joining the D.C. Defenders of the XFL in 2019.

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After long-snapping in five games for the Defenders in the COVID-shortened 2020 season, Khoury signed with the Baltimore Ravens in March 2021 but was released. He may not stay on the roster for long if Cardona's injury isn't serious, but it's still a cool opportunity for the former Carnegie Mellon engineering major.

The Patriots' first preseason game is this Thursday against the Washington Football Team at 7:30 p.m. ET.