New England Patriots sign Rex Burkhead from Cincinnati Bengals

Running back Rex Burkhead (33) runs a play during the opening day of Cincinnati Bengals minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

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Running back Rex Burkhead (33) runs a play during the opening day of Cincinnati Bengals minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

The Cincinnati Bengals lost another free agent Tuesday when Rex Burkhead signed with the New England Patriots.

The Bengals drafted the running back out of Nebraska in the sixth round in 2013, and he made his biggest mark on special teams with 27 tackles.

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Burkhead ran for 344 yards and two touchdowns while cathicng 17 passes for 145 yards last season, when his playing time increased following the knee injury of Giovani Bernard.

His departure leaves the team with the rehabbing Bernard, fourth-year veteran Jeremy Hill and second-year man Tra Carson as running backs on the roster.

Bernard is not expected to be ready when the season begins.

Cedric Peerman, also a special teams standout, is a free agent.

The Bengals previously lost tackle Andrew Whitworth (Los Angeles Rams), guard Kevin Zeitler (Cleveland Browns), defensive end Margus Hunt (Indianapolis Colts) and defensive tackle Domata Peko (Denver Broncos) as free agents this month.

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