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Joe Vellano to roster; TE Steve Maneri let go

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots made a roster move on the eve of the AFC Championship Game, promoting defensive tackle Joe Vellano from the practice squad and releasing tight end Steve Maneri.

Vellano, a second-year player who has played in 21 games (8 starts) for the Patriots, had been on the practice squad since Oct. 8. He adds depth on the defensive line, where Chris Jones was added to the injury report this week (elbow).

Maneri had been signed by the Patriots on Dec. more