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Patriots sign offensive lineman Eric Ghiaciuc

With the Logan Mankins holdout underway, and his replacement Nick Kaczur sitting out practices this weekend with a back injury, the Patriots have made a series of roster moves to bolster their depth along the interior of the offensive line.

The Patriots announced this morning that they have released rookie John Wise and signed veteran Eric Ghiaciuc. The 29-year-old Ghiaciuc has played in 48 career games (42 starts) with the Cincinnati Bengals from 2005-2008. He did not play in a game last season.

“Eric has some flexibility, he’s played the inside positions [of center and guard] and has been in the league, so he has a little more experience there,” Belichick said. “We felt with the preseason games coming up, and where our team is, that he would have a little bit more opportunity.”

One of the major issues for this time during training camp is the offensive line, especially when you consider the fact that their best offensive lineman (Mankins) may not play this season. Belichick insisted that the signing of Ghiaciuc is not related to the injury suffered by Kaczur, but is merely to give the Patriots more options along the interior of their offensive line.

Training camp continues for the Patriots with practice today at 3 p.m.

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