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BY NICK ST. DENIS
Monday, the Patriots signed a defensive back who won't play defensive back. And they reportedly have a defensive back who, while rehabbing a lingering injury, will still play defensive back.
New England inked sixth-round draft pick Nate Ebner, who is a former rugby player trying to make his way in the NFL.
The Patriots look to turn Ebner, who is listed as a defensive back, into a special teams ace, though if that doesn't work out, Ebner reportedly plans on just returning to rugby. No big deal.
Meanwhile, cornerback Devin McCourty told the Boston Herald that he's still rehabbing a shoulder injury that kept him out of two games in the middle of the 2011 season.
The injury didn't require surgery, and McCourty did play through the latter part of the season with the ailment. He said that "it's getting stronger, progressing," so we'll assume he's prepared to be full-go when the 2012 season rolls around.
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