The Patriots have just announced they have re-signed defensive back Terrence Johnson and released offensive lineman Brian Simmons. Johnson, 5-foot-9, 190 pounds, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of California University of Pennsylvania on April 20. He was released by the Patriots on Aug. 23. Simmons, 6-foot-4, 318 pounds, is a rookie free agent out of Oklahoma who was signed by the Patriots on Aug. 15. He first entered the starting lineup for Oklahoma at left guard as a senior in 2009.

An injury to Jets linebacker Calvin Pace could clear the way for a reunion of Rex Ryan and former Patriots linebacker Adalius Thomas.

Pace, who broke his foot in the third quarter of Friday’s game against the Redskins, will reportedly be out a few weeks with the injury. That could leave New York in the market for a free agent linebacker like Thomas, who played for Ryan in Baltimore when he was the defensive coordinator with the Ravens.

According to a report in the Boston Herald, the results of an MRI taken on the right ankle of Patriots defensive lineman Ron Brace Friday show only a sprain, and not a more serious injury.


It is not yet known how long Brace, who had seven tackles and a sack in Thursday's preseason loss to the Rams, will be out of action.


Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Friday he “absolutely” envisions running back Laurence Maroney helping the team this season. Maroney’s role has been called into question because the running back — who led the team in rushing two of the last three years — has dressed but hasn’t played the last two preseason games.

Patriots offensive tackle Matt Light joined The Big Show on Patriots Friday to hit on a number of topics, including his disappointment in the team's 36-35 loss to the Rams on Thursday night. The Patriots' player representative was also asked about the proposed 18-game season, which he called "premature."


Patriots running backs Sammy Morris and Fred Taylor joined the Dale & Holley show on Friday morning to recap the disappointing performance against the Rams on Thursday night.


Patriots offensive lineman Stephen Neal joined the Dale & Holley show Friday morning to talk about the Patriots' disappointing performance in their 36-35 preseason loss to the Rams on Thursday night. Asked what the message was from the Patriots coaches following the game, Neal said: "Pretty much we've got a lot of work to do. And they're right. We'll look at film today and see how we can improve and just get back after it. Luckily, that was a preseason game. We were really trying to win that thing. We just couldn't pull it out."


Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Friday morning following the loss to the Rams in the third preseason game on Thursday night. Mayo talked about the defensive struggle against rookie quarterback Sam Bradford, establishing a legitimate pass rush going into the season and personally mentoring the younger linebackers.


FOXBORO — Laurence Maroney has been healthy all camp — he hasn’t missed a single practice. In drills, he’s appeared to run hard and do all the right things. He’s been pleasant and accommodating with the media, joking with reporters on several occasions.

FOXBORO -- Brandon Tate returned the game's opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and Tom Brady recorded a near-perfect quarterback rating but the Patriots suffered their first preseason loss, 36-35, to St. Louis as Josh Brown hit a 37-yard field goal as time expired on Thursday night at Gillette Stadium.