Report: Patriots sign CB Brian Poole to practice squad

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The New England Patriots signed defensive back Brian Poole to their practice squad this week, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Poole appeared to be present for the team’s practice on Wednesday.

The addition of Poole comes in the wake of a string of injuries to the team’s secondary, with cornerback Jonathan Jones going on injured reserve and safety Devin McCourty leaving Sunday’s game with an abdomen injury. McCourty was present for practice on Wednesday.

Poole has battled through injuries since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He has served as a nickel cornerback, however, at multiple stops. Jones was the Patriots’ starter in the slot before his injury.

For Week 7, the Patriots had cornerback and safety Myles Bryant playing in the nickel spot. Perhaps the addition of Poole is an effort to begin to build depth at that position.

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