The Patriots created a roster spot for Spann by releasing veteran linebacker Chad Brown the day before. A free agent out of Louisiana-Lafayette, Spann is a third year defender who has spent time both the active roster and the Patriots practice squad. Originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Giants May 17, 2005, Spann joined the New England roster in 2006.
Spann, who had been a member of the Patriots practice squad since Sept. 25, will wear number 28 for the Patriots.
The Patriots downgraded the playing status of five players to OUT for Saturday night's game against the Giants in the Meadowlands:
The team will need to designate up to three more players as inactive for the game to reach the 45-man limit. One player can be designated as the team's emergency quarterback: a role rookie Matt Gurierrez has held throughout the season.
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