FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) New England Patriots safety Nate Ebner has been called up to the U.S. Rugby Sevens for a tournament in Hong Kong as he tries to make the team that will play in the Rio Olympics.

Ebner was named an injury replacement for sprinter Carlin Isles on Thursday.

A rugby All-American at Ohio State, Ebner was a sixth-round draft pick by the Patriots in 2012. The NFL team gave him permission to train with the U.S. team as it prepares for the Summer Games.

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The Olympic squad will be announced on July 5.

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