Patriots waive an offensive lineman with Nate Ebner returning

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Over the years, it hasn’t been unusual to see the Patriots churn their roster a fair amount during training camp and the preseason as they look for players who might help the team after determining that those on hand don’t have the right stuff.

This summer hasn’t opened up that way. The Patriots made their first transaction since camp opened when they waived offensive lineman Kyler Kerbyson on Sunday. Kerbyson signed with the team in July and went undrafted after spending the last two years starting at tackle for the University of Tennessee.

Kerbyson’s departure opens up a roster spot for safety Nate Ebner, who is back from playing rugby sevens for the U.S. at the Olympics. The team had a roster exemption for Ebner while he was trying for gold and, per multiple reports, Patriots coach Bill Belichick nodded when asked if Kerbyson was dispatched to make space for Ebner.

Ebner’s return to practice should be followed by his return to a prominent spot on the team’s special teams units.

24 responses to “Patriots waive an offensive lineman with Nate Ebner returning

  1. what a joke. this guy goes strolling down to rio to play a hoodlum sport and do god knows what else and now he just gets to waltz back in to the team? thats not the coach belicheck i know. he should have to earn his way back on just luck every undrafted free agent. how can the patriots be sure this guy even knows how to play football after spending all that time on the rugby pitch? what happens if he all of a sudden during a game thinks a scramble for a football is rugby scrum? cant have that. not in this league. cut this bum asasp.

  2. The hater morons are at it. Ebner represents what is great about the USA, has persevered through personal tragedy and worked his butt off to make an NFL squad and a national rugby team. All your acts are wearing very thin…Move out of your mother’s basements, clean up your rooms and get a job.

  3. It called being part of a team and supporting each other. Belichick and the coaches wore Ebner’s no 12 jersey and stopped practice to watch Ebner play in the Olympics. The Patriots fully supported Ebner’s wish to play in the Olympics. Still when he rejoins the roster, he must earn his spot like every player does.

  4. realtruthteller100 says:
    Aug 14, 2016 2:35 PM

    what a joke. this guy goes strolling down to rio to play a hoodlum sport and do god knows what else and now he just gets to waltz back in to the team? thats not the coach belicheck i know. he should have to earn his way back on just luck every undrafted free agent. how can the patriots be sure this guy even knows how to play football after spending all that time on the rugby pitch? what happens if he all of a sudden during a game thinks a scramble for a football is rugby scrum? cant have that. not in this league. cut this bum asasp.
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    Jesus christ. You bozos get more stupid with every post.

  5. What’s the fuss ?? This stooge got bounced around by guys from FIJI nevermind von miller

  6. Two yard Tom? Where did that come from? And someone calling this guy a bum? Ebner has accomplished more before the age of 30 than anyone of you will accomplish in 5 lifetimes. He is playing in the NFL, won a superbowl and all of a sudden he forgot how to play football…good job guys..we are all now dumber for having seen that post.

  7. The point is chuck, nobody gives a fig about a marginal player who might make it on special teams for a squad adored by bandwagon fans. I’m old enough to remember ’85’ both NE fans were shamed out of football.

  8. “what a joke. this guy goes strolling down to rio to play a hoodlum sport and do god knows what else and now he just gets to waltz back in to the team?”

    There it is, the most stupid thing I’ll read all day. Let me educate you.

    Belichick gave him his blessing to live out his olympic dream. And it shows how utterly and totally clueless you are with your comments on rugby.

    Ebner went out of his way to say that the tackling technique in international rugby is head and shoulders above the NFL because they learn the technique without helmets.

    But hey, let some guy sitting in mom’s basement who thinks he knows it all dictate what’s right for the Pats.

    SMH

  9. I do like stories like this and that Belichick, not known for being a warm caring person, encouraged Ebner to do this. I heard Ebner in an interview a few months ago talking about how this had been a dream of he and his murdered father. The fact that he was able to live this dream and that the Patriots supported it is awesome!

  10. Not every player is good enough to make it as a New England Patriot. Bill Belichick sets extremely high standards and never compromises. Welcome back Ebner.

  11. Once AGAIN, I’ll take heat from all the Pats Haters out there..but let’s just say to EVERYBODY that’s never played
    Rugby – go out & play the game, you’ll come to appreciate the toughness needed & punishment taken in this game – I have played, not well – but I have played & have had my bones broken & face smashed!
    SO get off his back!, and another thing –
    he WAS representing the USA on the world stage!

  12. what a joke. this guy goes strolling down to rio to play a hoodlum sport and do god knows what else and now he just gets to waltz back in to the team? thats not the coach belicheck i know. he should have to earn his way back on just luck every undrafted free agent. how can the patriots be sure this guy even knows how to play football after spending all that time on the rugby pitch? what happens if he all of a sudden during a game thinks a scramble for a football is rugby scrum? cant have that. not in this league. cut this bum asasp.
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    Jesus christ. You bozos get more stupid with every post.

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    I want to know what this guy is on…….so I can stay away from it. That is quite possibly the stupidest post yet.

  13. @gofor2witha3pointlead,

    I remember the 85 season very well as it was a great ride for us New England fans. Raymond Berry, bury the Bears, beating Miami and Dan Marino in the AFCC in the Orange Bowl.

    Shamed out of football ?? Not in the least, the Bears blew out the Patriots but they were clearly the best team in the NFL that season and if you are a bears fan it’s a shame that with that team they only won one SB.

    There have been several teams that got blown out but the ride to get there was a lot of fun as today in New England we only consider ending the season with another Lombardi a successful season.

  14. @ampats

    Used to drive from UMass Amherst with a case of Falstaff(all I could afford back in the day) to sit in the endzone with Mosi’s Mooses. Season tickets were like 100 bucks. Those were the days. “Squish the Fish”. Much fun. So, they got smoked by the greatest D of all time. That’s ok, it was a fun ride.

  15. icebowler says:
    Aug 14, 2016 4:21 PM

    The size of that Rugby ball gives Tom Brady nightmares.
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    The real tragedy of the so called deflategate sham is that it robbed Pat’s fans of their sense of humor. I hope they can get it back at some point.

  16. realtruthteller100 says:
    Aug 14, 2016 2:35 PM
    what a joke. this guy goes strolling down to rio to play a hoodlum sport and do god knows what else and now he just gets to waltz back in to the team? thats not the coach belicheck i know. he should have to earn his way back on just luck every undrafted free agent. how can the patriots be sure this guy even knows how to play football after spending all that time on the rugby pitch? what happens if he all of a sudden during a game thinks a scramble for a football is rugby scrum? cant have that. not in this league. cut this bum asasp.

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    Was about to comment that this is quite possibly the stupidest comment I have read on this site in a long long time. Most of you beat me to it. And his name is realtruthteller. Ho Ho.

  17. icebowler says:

    The real tragedy of the so called deflategate sham is that it robbed Pat’s fans of their sense of humor. I hope they can get it back at some point.

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    when you’ve heard the same lame joke a million times, it is hard to laugh. It is just annoying

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