The Patriots made a pair of transactions Saturday, promoting defensive tackle Woodrow Hamilton from the practice squad and releasing lineman Jonathan Cooper. Defensive tackle Vincent Valentine has been dealing with back issues and did not practice this week. Before this transaction, Patriots only had two defensive tackles for tomorrow’s game.
The Patriots acquired Cooper, a first-round pick in the 2013, as part of the trade for Chandler Jones earlier this year. He had been dealing with a plantar fascia injury since training camp. According to Jeff Howe, the Patriots did not believe that he was better than fellow guard Ted Karras. The Patriots signed Hamilton as an undrafted rookie in May, and he spent the entire summer with the team. He was released at the end of camp and later signed on with the Patriots’ practice squad. The rookie will most likely see playing time as part of the Patriots’ defensive tackle rotation tomorrow in the team’s Week 5 matchup against the Cleveland.