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Patriots release Branch; Hernandez likely out Sunday

Posted Nov. 17, 2012 @ 8:24 p.m. ET
The Patriots made roster moves Saturday, including releasing WR Deion Branch again, and they could be without TE Aaron Hernandez against the Colts.

Friday's key matchup: Colts QB Andrew Luck vs. Patriots defense

Posted Nov. 16, 2012 @ 12:55 p.m. ET
In Sunday’s marquee game between the 6-3 Colts and 6-3 Patriots, the No. 1 pick of April’s draft will help determine if Indy can pull the upset.

CB Aqib Talib preparing for Patriots debut

Posted Nov. 15, 2012 @ 11:05 p.m. ET
Aqib Talib wants to leave his past troubles behind. The Patriots hope he can do the same for their secondary.

Flawed defense? No problem for Patriots

Posted Nov. 14, 2012 @ 10:56 a.m. ET
If the Patriots are to live up to expectations, they need to win the Super Bowl to put to rest any questions about Bill Belichick’s defense.

Patriots add OG Petrus

Posted Nov. 13, 2012 @ 6:59 p.m. ET
The Patriots signed OG Mitch Petrus on Tuesday, the team announced.

Patriots release LB Tarpinian

Posted Nov. 12, 2012 @ 4:53 p.m. ET
The Patriots released LB Jeff Tarpinian from the 53-man roster, the team announced Monday.

AFC East Spin cycle: Patriots survive; Dolphins, Jets fall flat

Posted Nov. 12, 2012 @ 10:34 a.m. ET
While the Patriots escaped with a win over the Bills to extend their lead in the division, the Jets and Dolphins suffered bad losses.

Patriots survive late rally to top Bills

Posted Nov. 11, 2012 @ 4:53 p.m. ET
The Patriots kept the surprisingly tough Bills winless at Gillette Stadium with a 37-31 victory on Sunday.

Patriots activate TE Shiancoe off injured reserve

Posted Nov. 10, 2012 @ 4:45 p.m. ET
The Patriots announced Saturday that TE Visanthe Shiancoe has been activated to the 53-man roster from the injured reserve list.

49ers aim to join Giants as San Francisco champs

Posted Nov. 10, 2012 @ 12:06 p.m. ET
Here’s a look at the four times the same city has won the World Series in October and the Super Bowl a few months later.

Patriots RB Bolden suspended four games

Posted Nov. 09, 2012 @ 4:26 p.m. ET
The NFL suspended Patriots rookie RB Brandon Bolden four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Key matchup: Bills RBs Jackson, Spiller vs. Patriots defense

Posted Nov. 09, 2012 @ 12:50 p.m. ET
The Bills need to establish a run game and get the ball into the hands of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller often if they want to score an upset win.

Patriots' new-look secondary could impact S Chung

Posted Nov. 08, 2012 @ 5:54 p.m. ET
If Aqib Talib's presence moves Devin McCourty to safety for the long-term, that will impact S Patrick Chung, who is in a contract year.

Week 11 Patriots-Colts game flexed

Posted Nov. 05, 2012 @ 1:43 p.m. ET
The NFL announced Monday that the Week 11 game between the Colts and Patriots will be flexed to a late-afternoon time slot.

AFC East Spin cycle: Bills', Dolphins' strengths falter on Sunday

Posted Nov. 05, 2012 @ 11:16 a.m. ET
The Bills' run game and Dolphins' third-down defense, each team's respective strength, failed them in losses on Sunday.

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Edelman, Julian (WR)

Posted April 11, 2013 @ 3:43 p.m.
The New England Patriots have re-signed Edelman. He was an unrestricted free agent.
The 26-year-old former seventh-round draft choice caught 21 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns last season before going on injured reserve with a foot injury. In four NFL seasons, he has 69 receptions for 714 yards and four touchdowns. He has also returned three punts for touchdowns, including a franchise-record 94-yarder against Miami in the 2010 season.

Dennard, Alfonzo (CB)

Posted April 11, 2013 @ 11:02 a.m.
Dennard was sentenced Thursday to 30 days in jail and two years of probation for assaulting a police officer outside a Lincoln bar last year.
In court, Dennard apologized to his coaches, supporters, police and his family and promised to abide by the terms of the probation. He declined comment after leaving court.

Gronkowski, Rob (TE)

Posted April 07, 2013 @ 1:22 p.m.
The New England Patriots say they don't have any comment on published reports that Gronkowski has an infection in his broken arm that could keep him out into the season.
The Boston Herald reported on Sunday that Gronkowski has an infection in the area where a metal plate was installed to repair his left forearm. Doctors will have to wait for the infection to go away to replace the plate, and Gronkowski would need 10 weeks after that to recover, the paper said. Patriots spokesman Stacey James said the team doesn't expect to comment on the report.

Jenkins, Michael (WR)

Posted March 28, 2013 @ 5:48 p.m.
The New England Patriots have signed free agent wide receiver Michael Jenkins.
In his ninth season, Jenkins caught 40 passes for 447 yards and two touchdowns with the Minnesota Vikings last year. He joined them in 2011 after seven seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, who drafted him in the first round in 2004 out of Ohio State.

Kelly, Tommy (DT)

Posted March 27, 2013 @ 3:49 p.m.
The Oakland Raiders have released Kelly, cutting ties with their longest-tenured position player on the roster.
Kelly signed a $50.1 million, seven-year contract to remain with Oakland in 2008. He was owed $6.5 million this year before being cut. Kelly had one sack in 16 games last season.

Svitek, Will (T)

Posted March 18, 2013 @ 7:03 p.m.
The Patriots have signed Svitek.
Svitek is a seven-year veteran who spent three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and the past four with the Atlanta Falcons. He was on injured reserve all last year with an arm injury. Svitek has played in 61 games with 16 starts since being drafted by the Chiefs in the sixth round in 2005 out of Stanford. Kansas City released him at the end of training camp in 2008. He was out of the NFL that year, then signed with Atlanta on Feb. 12, 2009.

Wilson, Adrian (S)

Posted March 16, 2013 @ 6:54 p.m.
The New England Patriots have released receiver Brandon Lloyd and re-signed defensive backs Aqib Talib, Kyle Arrington and Adrian Wilson. The team made the announcements on Saturday.
Wilson is a five-time Pro Bowl selection who holds the NFL record for most sacks in a season by a defensive back, eight, and is the sixth player in NFL history to record 25 sacks and 25 interceptions in his career.

Arrington, Kyle (CB)

Posted March 16, 2013 @ 6:53 p.m.
The New England Patriots have released receiver Brandon Lloyd and re-signed defensive backs Aqib Talib, Kyle Arrington and Adrian Wilson. The team made the announcements on Saturday.
Arrington tied for the NFL lead in 2011 with seven interceptions.

Talib, Aqib (CB)

Posted March 16, 2013 @ 6:53 p.m.
The New England Patriots have released receiver Brandon Lloyd and re-signed defensive backs Aqib Talib, Kyle Arrington and Adrian Wilson.
Talib was acquired by New England in a trade with Tampa Bay on Nov. 1 for a 2013 fourth-round draft pick. He started in five of six games for New England after the trade and had 19 tackles and an interception that he returned 59 yards for a touchdown.

Washington, Leon (RB)

Posted March 14, 2013 @ 6:57 p.m.
The Patriots announced the signing of Washington, who has played seven seasons with the New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks.
Washington, 30, is a former fourth-round draft choice from Florida State who shares the NFL record of eight career kickoff returns for touchdowns. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2008 and 2012.

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