The Patriots announced Tuesday that offensive lineman Marcus Cannon has been activated to the 53-man roster from the reserve/non-football injury list. In addition, the Patriots released safety Ross Ventrone and signed defensive back Malcolm Williams to the practice squad

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Tuesday afternoon he expects rookie offensive lineman Marcus Cannon to be activated to the 53-man roster "sometime today." The TCU product, who was taken in the fifth round of the 2011 draft by New England, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma prior to the NFL draft in the spring. As a result, the 23-year-old began the season on the non-football injury list, which forced him to sit out at least the first six weeks of the regular season. He was cleared to practice Oct.

Report Card time and Patriots 37, Jets 16 doesn't change, in my view, the ultimate destination of the 2011 New England Patriots. This team simply doesn't have the defensive talent to win three (or four) playoff games. Sorry.



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Early Monday morning, Jets coach Rex Ryan was asked about New York’s chances of winning the division. He sounded like a beaten man.



Patriots coach Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Monday, discussing the team's 37-16 victory over the Jets Sunday, the team's pass-rush, and the offensive production.

The Patriots sacked Mark Sanchez five times in New York, with Andre Carter registering a Patriots record 4.5 sacks. Vince Wilfork compared Carter to former Pats linebacker Mike Vrabel, a comparison with which Belichick agreed.

Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley told reporters that the injury to Matt Cassel's right hand was more serious than first thought and will require surgery. That will leave the former Patriot on the sidelines when the Chiefs play the Patriots next Monday night. Tyler Palko will start in Cassel's place.

Patriots castoff Albert Haynesworth debuted with the Buccaneers Sunday and started on the defensive line, making five tackles and blocking an extra point in his team's 37-9 loss to the Texans. After the game, Haynesworth talked about his transition from New England to Tampa.

Coming off a surprising 37-16 rout of the Jets Sunday night in which he threw for 329 yards and three touchdowns, Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning. With the victory, the Pats stand alone in first place in the AFC East and have swept the Jets.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The screaming was long and loud and steady.



EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Deion Branch had a key touchdown grab in the fourth quarter, celebrated by mocking the Jets and their fans and then spoke out about what the Patriots are feeling about themselves after a 37-16 win over the Jets that gave them sole possession of first in the AFC East.