The Patriots signed LB Jeff Tarpinian from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Saturday. To make room for him, the team released OL Matt Tennant.
Tarpinian played seven games for the team last season before going on injured reserve with a head injury on Nov. 24, 2011. He was cut by the team on Aug. 31 and signed to the practice squad on Sept. 1.
Tennant was claimed off waivers from the Saints on Sept. 1, then was cut by the team on Sept. 4 before re-signing with New England on Sept. 29. He was inactive for three games.