Patriots promote Ross Ventrone
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Ross Ventrone (Getty)
Posted Oct 8, 2011
Aaron Wilson

The New England Patriots promoted safety Ross Ventrone has been signed to the active roster from the practice squad, cutting cornerback Phillip Adams. Ventrone, 25, was signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster prior to the Buffalo game and made his NFL debut against the Bills.

The 5-foot-8, 190-pound safety was released from the 53-man roster last Saturday prior to the Oakland game and re-signed to the practice squad on Oct. 4. He was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Villanova on April 29, 2010. He was waived by the Patriots on Sept. 4, 2010 and then signed to the practice squad on Oct. 19, 2010 where he finished the season.

Adams, 23, was signed by the Patriots on Sept. 21 and was active but did not play in the games at Buffalo on Sept. 25 and at Oakland on Oct. 2. The 5-11, 192-pound defensive back was originally drafted in 2010 by San Francisco in the seventh round (224 overall) out of South Carolina State. He played in 15 games for the 49ers last season and finished with 13 total tackles and one pass defensed.

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