When the New England Patriots lined up to run out of the Gillette Stadium tunnel to take on the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, there was a new face on the offensive line. Nick McDonald became the team's fourth starting center this season after being promoted from the practice squad the day before. Second-year wide receiver Taylor Price was cut to make room on the 53-man roster.
McDonald takes over for the injured Ryan Wendell, who filled in for the injured Dan Connolly, who replaced the injured Dan Koppen so far this year. Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Green Bay Packers last year, he was let go on the final cut down day this season and then picked up by New England.
Big things were expected from Price this year, but he never delivered. He hadn't caught a pass all season, but is expected to be picked up by another team looking for help at the position for the stretch drive of the regular season.
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