All season, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been a public advocate for wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. Now, we know he supports him privately as well.

 “He can do almost anything he wants. He doesn’t want to do anything. To me, that’s the issue. He’s one of those guys you walk in a meeting and you tell him, ‘Put down the phone.’ The next day you have to tell him to put down the phone. The next day, you tell him to put down the phone.



Despite the fact that I’m an unapologetic Patriots homer, I have to confess that like most people, I, too, am starting to have serious concerns about where this team is headed.

In his 104-day career with the Patriots, Albert Haynesworth proved himself to be maddeningly unreliable.

The Patriots announced Tuesday the signing of wide receiver Tiquan Underwood. In addition, the Patriots announced that defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth and tight end Dan Gronkowski have been released. The Patriots also released offensive lineman Thomas Welch from the practice squad.

According to a league source, the Patriots have released defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. The 6-foot-6, 350-pound Haynesworth, who was traded to New England on July 29 for a 2013 draft pick, played in six games for the Patriots this season, making three tackles (two solo).

Haynesworth, 30, was an All-Pro in 2007 and 2008 with the Titans. He signed a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Redskins that offseason, but after two disappointing seasons in Washington, he was sent to New England. His tenure with the Pats, however, lasted just one half-season.

The NFL announced Tuesday afternoon that the Dec. 4 game between the Patriots and Colts that was set for prime time on Dec. 4 has been flexed out and been rescheduled for a 1 p.m. start. The league did not announce game would replace Patriots-Colts in that slot, but did indicate the replacement will be revealed no later than Nov. 22. For more Patriots news, check out

Report Card time and Sunday's loss to the Giants is on Tom Brady and Tom Brady alone.



FOXBORO -- While much of the success of the Patriots passing game comes from the fact that they spread the ball around to as many receivers as possible, opponents have limited Tom Brady’s options the last two weeks.

FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick indicated linebacker Brandon Spikes is having tests done on his right knee Monday, one day after he suffered an injury that knocked him out of the contest against the Giants.