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Patriots reportedly work out several defensive players Wednesday

Ryan Hannable
October 17, 2018 - 5:01 pm

FOXBORO -- The Patriots continue to make sure they are prepared in case of an emergency.

According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, the Patriots worked out four defensive players on Wednesday: defensive end Cornellius "Tank" Carradine, defensive back A.J. Howard, linebacker Corey Nelson and linebacker Tegray Scales.

Carradine was selected in the second round of the 2013 draft by the 49ers and then after several seasons in San Francisco signed with Oakland this offseason. He asked for his release earlier this month due to a lack of playing time. Howard, an undrafted rookie, was released by the Cardinals at the end of training camp.

The 26-year-old Nelson has bounced around the league, spending time with the Broncos, Eagles and Falcons, although most of it has been in Denver. Most recently he was released by the Falcons after spending the summer with the Eagles. Scales is an undrafted rookie who was released by the Rams at the end of the summer.

Nothing seems imminent with any of these players.

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