LANDOVER, Md. -- Just moments after making one of the most powerful runs in team history, Rob Gronkowski caught an 11-yard pass from Tom Brady for a first-quarter touchdown and a new NFL record. 

Gronkowski ran a seam route into the end zone and caught the ball for his 14th receiving touchdown, the most by a tight end in any one season in NFL history. Antonio Gates (2004) and Vernon Davis (2009) had the previous record at 13. 

LANDOVER, Md. -- Defensive lineman Gerard Warren and quarterback Ryan Mallett were announced Sunday as the final two inactive Patriots for today's game here against the Redskins. 

Warren was not on the injury report all week while Mallett has been inactive for all but one game this season. 

Sebastian Vollmer, Patrick Chung, Dan Connolly, Brandon Spikes and Shane Vereen were all ruled out before Sunday with various injuries. Additionally, linebacker Jermaine Cunningham was placed on injured reserve on Saturday with a hamstring injury. 

The Patriots announced Saturday night that safety Patrick Chung, offensive lineman Dan Connolly, linebacker Brandon Spikes and running back Shane Vereen have all been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Redskins.

LANDOVER, Md. -- Just after arriving in the nation's captial for Sunday's game here with the Redskins, the Patriots announced they have released defensive back Sterling Moore while promoting cornerback Malcolm Williams from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster. The team also announced they had signed 30-year-old defensive lineman Eric Moore, who played in four games for the 2010 Patriots, recording a pair of sacks.

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The Patriots welcomed veteran defensive end Eric Moore back into the fold on Saturday, his agent has confirmed.

The 30-year-old Moore, who was with New England for the tail end of the 2010 season, finished last year with 13 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery, and provided some much needed depth for a New England defensive line ripped apart by injury. He was one of the team's final roster cuts out of camp this summer, and ended up spending the entire season with the UFL.

FOXBORO -- According to multiple reports, citing a league spokesperson, Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo was fined $25,000 for a fourth-quarter hit on Colts quarterback Dan Orlovsky in New England's 31-24 win last Sunday. Though Mayo was not flagged on the play, he was hit with the fine for a hit that was deemed to be in "the head and neck area."

Mayo has not incurred a single penalty during the season. Even so, with the NFL cracking down on helmet-to-helmet hits and emphasizing quarterback safety, the 25-year-old linebacker received his fine.

FOXBORO -- Patriots right tackle Sebastian Vollmer will miss his second straight game with a right foot injury as the team ruled him out in the injury report that was released Friday afternoon. Linebacker Jermaine Cunningham is doubtful after being limited with a hamstring injury while Marcus Cannon's absence Friday was not injury-related, according to the team. Rookie running back Stevan Ridley returned to full participation on Friday and is expected to be available Sunday. Friday's complete injury report is as follows:

Did Not Participate:

FOXBORO -- A pair of offensive tackles were missing at the start of Patriots practice on Friday as Marcus Cannon and Sebastian Vollmer were not spotted on the upper grass fields. The Patriots worked in sweats and shells as they continued preparing for the Redskins this Sunday at FedEx Field. 

Jets coach Rex Ryan has taken some heat for his underachieving team this season, but Ryan remains as confident as ever. Talking to the New York Daily News' Mike Lupica, Ryan was asked about the Patriots, who lead the 7-5 Jets by two games in the AFC East.