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New England Patriots elevate Nick Folk, QB Brian Hoyer to active roster

Aug 29, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer (5) throws the ball against the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 29, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer (5) throws the ball against the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots elevated quarterback Brian Hoyer and kicker Nick Folk to the 53-man roster from the practice squad on Saturday and placed receiver Malcolm Perry on injured reserve.

The Patriots released both players on Aug. 31 but then signed them to the practice squad the following day.

Folk, 36, has played 177 regular-season games in 13 seasons with Dallas (2007-09), the New York Jets (2010-16), Tampa Bay (2017) and the Patriots (2019-20). He earned Pro Bowl recognition as a rookie.

In 16 games last season, he hit 92.9 percent (26 of 28) of his field goal attempts with a long of 51 yards.

Hoyer, 35, who signed with New England as an undrafted free agent, played with the Patriots from 2009-11, then again in 2018 and 2020. This is his 13th NFL season, also playing for Arizona (2012), Cleveland (2013-14), Houston (2015), Chicago (2016), San Francisco (2017) and Indianapolis (2019), in addition to New England.

Hoyer has played in 70 regular-season games (39 starts), completing 59.2 percent of his 1,501 pass attempts for 10,404 yards, 52 touchdowns and 35 interceptions.

Perry was claimed off waivers from the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 2. He has a foot injury.

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