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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - DECEMBER 06: Mitchell Trubisky #10 of the Chicago Bears is tackled by Jahlani Tavai #51 of the Detroit Lions during the second half at Soldier Field on December 06, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

The Patriots have signed linebacker Jahlani Tavai to their 53-man roster, as first reported by ESPN’s Field Yates. Tavai spent the beginning of the season on the Patriots’ practice squad, after getting waived by the Detroit Lions as part of final roster cuts. This is the second time in as many weeks the Patriots have signed a former Detroit Lions linebacker, after bringing back Jamie Collins last week.

Tavai had already been elevated by the Patriots for the maximum two games this season, playing against the Saints and Buccaneers. He played nine total snaps on defense and 17 on special teams.

Detroit drafted Tavai in the second round in 2019, when current Patriots’ Senior Football Advisor Matt Patricia was the Lions’ head coach. He played in 31 games over two years, starting 16. In that time, the Hawaii product recorded 116 tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles, and an interception.

Signing Tavai to the active roster opened up a spot on the Patriots practice squad, which was quickly filled by the signing of safety Sean Davis. With those moves, the Patriots now have 51 players on their 53-man roster, and a full 16-man practice squad.

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