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Patriots acquire wide receiver Keshawn Martin from Texans for undisclosed draft pick


FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts — The New England Patriots acquired wide receiver Keshawn Martin from the Houston Texans on Thursday for an undisclosed draft pick.

The 25-year-old Martin was in uniform but didn't play in the Texans' season-opening loss to Kansas City on Sunday. In 48 NFL games, all with the Texans after being drafted 121st overall out of Michigan State in 2012, he had 38 receptions for 416 yards and three touchdowns. He returned 68 kicks for 1,707 yards, and returned 86 punts for 766 yards — including an 87-yard touchdown return in 2013.

New England also released defensive lineman Khyri Thornton, and signed rookie wide receiver Chris Harper to the practice squad.

Thornton was claimed off waivers from Green Bay on Sept. 6 and was inactive for the Patriots' opening victory over Pittsburgh. Harper, a free agent from the University of California, was released Tuesday after playing against the Steelers.


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