Former Hofstra DB promoted to Patriots active roster

In another sign of Hofstra football alums excelling at the professional level, former Pride defensive back Kyle Arrington was promoted to the New England Patriots active roster from its practice squad early this morning. Arrington, who played at Hofstra from 2004-2007, was placed on the Patriots 53-man active roster after offensive guard Kendall Simmons was cut.

Adding the Hofstra product gives the Patriots more defensive backfield depth and another special teams player, the Boston Herald pointed out in a story this morning on the transaction. The 5'9 196 pound Arrington was previously on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad before being cut on Sept. 14. He made his National Football League (NFL) debut on special teams in Tampa Bay's 2009 season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.

Arrington is now the fourth former Hofstra football player to be on an NFL roster joining New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Willie Colon and Dallas Cowboys defensive end Stephen Bowen.

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