Patriots Release WR Bam Childress, Add Seven

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots released Brandon "Bam" Childress, claimed Jonathan Smith off waivers from Buffalo, and signed six players to the practice squad on Sunday.

Wide receiver Bam Childress, a survivor of the initial rounds of roster cuts, saw his luck run out Sunday when the Patriots front office put a claim in for former Buffalo Bills receiver Jonathan Smith. The Patriots originally signed Childress as an undrafted rookie free agent on July 24, 2005. He spent the '05 season on the practice squad until the season finale against Miami where he caught three passes for 32 yards. The 5-foot-8, 180-pound Ohio State product led all Patriots receivers in the 2006 preseason with 11 catches for 214 yards.

The Buffalo Bills waived Smith on Saturday as they pared their roster to 53. Originally a seventh round pick in the 2004 NFL Draft (214th overall), Smith appeared in 16 games with one start for Buffalo. He caught eight passes for 77 yards and a touchdown. As a kick returner, Smith also returned a punt for a touchdown.

Six players who were released by the team on Saturday were signed to the practice squad. Those players were OL Billy Yates, OL Dan Stevenson, WR Kelvin Kight, DL Santonio Thomas, LB Corey Mays and DB Antwain Spann.

With teams allowed to add up to 8 players to their practice squad, New England still has two openings. One of those may be used to re-sign Childress, while the other may be used to add another defender, possibly linebacker.

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