FOXBOROUGH – (Wire Service Report for Digital Sports Desk by The Sports Xchange) – The New England Patriots re-signed linebacker Jonathan Freeny on Wednesday to fill the open roster spot when tight end Rob Gronkowski was suspended one game.
Gronkowski’s appeal of his one-game suspension for his late hit on Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White on Sunday was denied by the NFL on Tuesday. Gronkowski will miss Monday night’s game against the Dolphins in Miami.
Freeny, 28, spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons with New England before being released following training camp on the final cut-down on Sept. 2. He spent time with Baltimore and Jacksonville after being released by New England. He played in three games with the Ravens this season and made two tackles.
The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Freeny originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Dolphins out of Rutgers in 2011. After spending his first season on the Dolphins’ practice squad, he played the next three seasons for Miami (2012-14) before being signed as a free agent by New England on March 11, 2015.
Freeny has played in 65 NFL games with 11 starts and owns 68 tackles on defense and 29 special teams tackles. He has played in 18 games with 11 starts for the Patriots, making 53 total tackles.