The Patriots announced Tuesday that they have acquired defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga in trade from the Philadelphia Eagles.
According to the Eagles, Sopoaga and a sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft were sent to New England for a fifth-round pick.
Sopoaga, 32, a nine-year veteran, spent his first eight years in the NFL with the 49ers. He has played in all eight of the Eagles’ games this season, starting seven. He has 10 tackles and no sacks, but is primarily used to help stop the run.
The Patriots list Sopoaga at 6 feet 2 inches and 330 pounds.
The move addresses an area of need for the Patriots defense, which lost perennial Pro Bowler Vince Wilfork to a season-ending injury last month. Tommy Kelly, another veteran defensive tackle who joined the Patriots this season, has missed the last three games with a knee injury. Rookies Joe Vellano and Chris Jones have filled in, with Jones totaling three sacks in his past two games.
The Patriots also placed right tackle Sebastian Vollmer on injured reserve Tuesday, officially ending his season, after he broke a bone in his leg during Sunday’s win over the Dolphins.
Vollmer was injured in the second quarter, and was replaced by Marcus Cannon. Vollmer had surgery to repair the break Monday.
Tuesday marked the NFL trading deadline; 4 p.m. was the cutoff time for teams to notify the league of any transactions.