Westbrook native and former University of Maine star Trevor Bates was one of nine players signed Sunday to the New England Patriots practice squad.

Bates, a 24-year-old linebacker, was cut Saturday when the Patriots got down to a 53-man roster for Thursday’s season opener against Kansas City at Gillette Stadium.

Bates was a member of the Patriots’ practice squad late last season and earned a Super Bowl ring after New England defeated Atlanta in February. Days after the game, the Patriots signed Bates to a $465,000 contract for the 2017 season.

Twice last season, he was named the Patriots’ Practice Player of the Week, and he had his weekly salary increased from $6,900 to $18,000.

Other players signed to the practice squad were offensive linemen Ted Karras and James Ferentz, defensive linemen Geneo Grissom and Darius Kilgo, defensive backs David Jones and Damarius Travis, running back D.J. Foster and wide receiver Cody Hollister.

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