New England Patriots

Kai Forbath of the New England Patriots kicks a field goal against the Houston Texans during the first quarter in the game at NRG Stadium on December 01, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

The Patriots announced on Monday that they made another move at kicker and added a defensive tackle. They’ve released Kai Forbath after just one game with the team, and also signed former Eagles DT Albert Huggins.

ESPN’s Field Yates first reported the news of the Patriots’ signings. Forbath’s release likely paves the way for Nick Folk to return after an emergency appendectomy knocked him out of Sunday’s loss to the Texans.

Huggins, 22, is an undrafted rookie out of Clemson who played 44 snaps in four games for the Eagles this season. He originally signed with the Texans out of the draft, moved to the practice squad on Aug. 31, then signed to the Eagles’ main roster on Sept. 2. He stands at 6-foot-3, 315 pounds and could be a replacement for fellow rookie DT Byron Cowart, who appeared on the final injury report for Patriots-Texans with a head injury.

Cowart has been active for five games in his rookie season and played 43 snaps. This is just speculation but it appears Cowart is headed for injured reserve, since the Patriots will have to make a corresponding roster move to create space for Huggins. It would be more surprising if they released someone else.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at

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