The New England Patriots were awarded rookie defensive tackle Chris Jones off waivers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,  cutting rookie offensive lineman Josh Kline.

Jones, 23, was originally drafted by the Houston Texans in the sixth round out of Bowling Green. The 6-foot-1, 309-pounder was released by Houston on Aug. 31 and claimed by the Buccaneers on Sept. 1. Jones was inactive for the season opener last week against the New York Jets. He was released by the Buccaneers on Sept. 10.

Jones ranked third in the nation as a senior in 2012 with 12½ sacks and was named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year.

Kline, 23, originally joined the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Kent State in May, and was released on Sept. 2  before being re-signed to the practice squad. The 6-foot-3, 295-pounder was signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Sept. 7, the day before the Patriots opener at Buffalo. He dressed but did not play against the Bills.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.