FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – The New England Patriots signed running back Amos Zereoue on Wednesday as their injuries continued to mount with the announcement that Kevin Faulk would miss Sunday’s game with a foot injury.

Zereoue, a six-year veteran who spent last season with Oakland, became a free agent after the season. He spent his first five seasons with Pittsburgh. Faulk caught a pass on the final drive that led to the winning field goal last Sunday in New England’s 23-20 win at Pittsburgh. He and offensive tackle Matt Light, who hurt his right leg, were listed Wednesday as being out of the Patriots’ next game against San Diego.

Safety Rodney Harrison was lost for the season when he tore ligaments in his left knee against the Steelers.

Earlier Wednesday, the Patriots signed safety Michael Stone and offensive lineman Gene Mruczkowski. They also released wide receiver Andre Davis, who was inactive for the first three games, and made two practice squad moves by adding guard Ryan Krug and releasing linebacker Jared Newberry. The 5-foot-8-inch Zereoue has rushed for 2,123 yards and 10 touchdowns since being drafted by Pittsburgh in the third round in 1999. He has 136 catches for 1,106 yards and a touchdown. His best season came in 2002 when he had 762 yards rushing and 42 catches for 341 yards while starting five games.

With Oakland last season, he rushed for 425 yards and three touchdown with 39 receptions for 284 yards.

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