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Clemson defensive lineman Albert Huggins, a product of Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, March 3, 2019.

Kai Forbath’s stint with the New England Patriots ended on Monday.

The Patriots waived their fourth kicker of the regular season to begin the week and claimed defensive tackle Albert Huggins (Orangeburg-Wilkinson/Clemson) off waivers.

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Forbath made his lone field goal in Sunday’s 28-22 loss at NRG Stadium. The veteran free agent later missed his initial extra point after a delay-of-game penalty pushed New England backward.

Former O-W standout Huggins signs with Houston Texans

The Patriots had signed Forbath in the wake of Nick Folk’s emergency appendectomy on Thanksgiving. Folk, who’d gone 7-of-9 on field goals while converting each of his extra points, is now eligible to return after having passed through waivers unclaimed.

But arriving in Foxboro is Huggins.

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Undrafted in April, the 6-foot-3, 305-pound Clemson product spent the spring, summer and early fall with the Houston Texans. The Philadelphia Eagles then signed Huggins, a two-time national champion, off Houston’s practice squad and to the 53-man roster toward the end of October.

Huggins appeared in four games with Philadelphia to record three tackles. The rookie saw eight snaps on defense and two snaps on special teams against New England last month.

With Huggins, New England’s active interior defensive line now stands at five. Lawrence Guy, Danny Shelton, Adam Butler and fifth-round draft choice Byron Cowart are the others in the mix

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