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Brady's Bucs sign ex-Patriots draft pick to practice squad

/ by Darren Hartwell
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are turning to a former New England Patriots player for reinforcements along their offensive line.

The Buccaneers on Tuesday signed veteran offensive lineman Ted Larsen to their practice squad. He'll fill the spot vacated by another ex-Patriot, running back/kick returner Kenjon Barner, who was elevated to the 53-man roster Monday.

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Larsen has a brief history with Bucs quarterback Tom Brady, as the Patriots took the NC State product in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft and signed him to a four-year rookie deal.

New England waived Larsen in September 2010, but he latched on with the Bucs and spent four seasons in Tampa from 2010 to 2013 before stints with the Arizona Cardinals -- where he worked with current Bucs head coach Bruce Arians -- Chicago Bears (twice) and Miami Dolphins.

Bucs center A.Q. Shipley recently suffered a potentially career-ending neck injury, so Larsen will provide some depth in the trenches for a 7-5 squad that's lost three of its last four games.

Larsen joins Barner, tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Antonio Brown on the slowly-growing list of former Patriots surrounding Brady in Tampa Bay.