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Aug 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New England Patriots defensive end Tashawn Bower (96) runs off the field against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Practice squad defensive end Tashawn Bower was the lone player not spotted at Patriots practice on Wednesday. As it turns out, he wasn’t on the field because he is no longer on the team.

As first reported by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Bower was signed off the Patriots’ practice squad by the Minnesota Vikings. Bower originally entered the league with the Vikings as a UDFA in 2017, and played in Minnesota until he was released following an injury in mid-2019. He signed with the Patriots a few weeks later, and remained in New England since bouncing between the active roster and practice squad.

Bower played in seven games last year, both on defense and special teams. He was elevated from the practice squad twice this season, recording three tackles and a sack.

Practice squad players are eligible to be signed to active rosters throughout the season. Last season, the NFL began letting teams protect a limited number of practice squad players each week, but the Patriots have never used that designation.

With Bower off to Minnesota the Patriots now have 13 players on their practice squad, which has a 16 player limit. Yesterday, they added punter Corliss Waitman to the group.

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