The practice squad vacancies were created when the Patriots made changes to the active roster, putting players on IR and moving others up from the practice squad to fill their places.
Curtin was originally drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft (212th overall). At 6'-9", and weighing 335 pounds, he is the tallest member of the team. Curtin was with the Packers from 2003 through the 2004 season, but saw no playing time instead being designated inactive the first season while landing on the injured reserve list in his second season. The Packers released him August 17, 2005, and he has been out of football since.
Spann was undrafted and signed with the New York Giants as a rookie free agent May 17, 2005. At 6'-0" Louisiana-Lafayette defensive back is taller than most of the other Patriots defensive backs. He played for Louisiana-Lafayette from 2003-04 and spent time with the New York Giants during their 2005 training camp. The Giants released him August 30, 2005 and he has not been with another team.
The moves to the roster indicate that WR Bam Childress who was elevated to the active roster on Saturday, will most likely remain on the regular roster for the duration of the postseason. The Patriots now have their full compliment of players on both the active roster and the practice squad.
For more on Both players including articles, college backgrounds and news, search the archives: