Report: Patriots sign safety Obi Melifonwu to practice squad

Jesse James of the Detroit Lions makes a catch for the first down and tackle by Obi Melifonwu of the New England Patriots during the preseason game at Ford Field on August 8, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
Jesse James of the Detroit Lions makes a catch for the first down and tackle by Obi Melifonwu of the New England Patriots during the preseason game at Ford Field on August 8, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

After going unclaimed on waivers following his release on Tuesday, safety Obi Melifonwu has returned to the Patriots as a member of the team's practice squad, per the Boston Herald's Karen Guregian.

Released along with veteran tight end Lance Kendricks to make room for Antonio Brown on the 53-man roster, Melifonwu's addition/return to the New England practice squad comes after the team confirmed the release of tight end Stephen Anderson from the practice squad on Monday.

The 25-year-old Melifonwu, who recorded one tackle with the Patriots last year and had three tackles in the 2019 preseason, was inactive for New England's Week 1 win over the Steelers.