Patriots sign RB Quadtrine Hill to practice squad

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots signed rookie running back Quadtrine Hill to their practice squad today. The Patriots practice squad now stands at its limit of eight players. The squad had consisted of seven players since wide receiver Bam Childress was signed to New England’s active roster on Dec. 23, 2006.

Hill, 24, was originally signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent on May 4, 2006. The 6-foot-2-inch, 228-pound running back was released by Houston on June 15, 2006. Hill was signed by the Chicago Bears on Aug. 21, 2006 and was released on Aug. 24. The Sunrise, Fla. native attended the University of Miami, where he played in 48 games over four seasons from 2002-05, rushing 40 times for 253 yards and catching 56 passes for 414 yards and two touchdowns.