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Patriots are still tweaking the roster

Khyri Thornton comes off the practice squad and joins the active roster.
Khyri Thornton comes off the practice squad and joins the active roster. Jim Davis/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

The Patriots players have a few days off with the bye week but that doesn’t mean there isn’t activity at One Patriot Place.

One day after trading tight end Michael Hoomanawanui to the Saints for defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, the Patriots Thursday added another big body to the active roster, signing defensive lineman Khyri Thornton from the practice squad.

The 6-foot-3-inch, 315-pound Thornton originally landed in Foxborough off waivers from the Packers on Sept. 6. He was inactive for the season opener before being released Sept. 17. He was signed to the practice squad two days later.

Additionally, the Patriots signed four players to their practice squad: linebacker Eric Martin, defensive back Brandon Dixon, offensive lineman Sean Hickey, and wide receiver Austin Hill.

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This is Martin’s third go-around with the Patriots; he made the original 53-man roster before being released, was signed to the practice squad, and released again.

Dixon entered the NFL as a sixth-round pick of the Jets in 2014. He was released by New York out of his rookie camp before playing in 14 games for the Buccaneers that season. He also has seen time on the practice squads of the Seahawks and Colts.

Hickey (Saints) and Hill (Raiders) both entered the league this season as unrestricted free agents.

Hickey was released off the New Orleans practice squad while Hill was released by Oakland in May and the Jets in July.

Early honors

Tom Brady was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month and Stephen Gostkowski earned the special teams honor.

Brady completed 96 of 133 passes for 1,112 yards, 9 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions in leading the Patriots to a 3-0 mark.

It is his eighth player of the month honor.

Gostkowski earned the accolade for the third time. He is off to a perfect start, hitting all seven of his field goal attempts and all 14 PATs. He also set the NFL record with his 423d straight PAT in Sunday’s win over the Jaguars.

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His mark stands at 425. Gostkowski leads the NFL with 35 points and 18 touchbacks.


Jim McBride can be reached at james.mcbride@globe.com