Julian Edelman’s recent two-way ability sparked a lot of conversation about how the Patriots occasionally utilize players at unique positions.



The Patriots announced Tuesday that they have released defensive back Phillip Adams. Adams, 23, was originally signed by the Patriots on Sept. 21 before being released on Oct. 8, signed on Oct. 13 and released on Oct. 14. Adams, 5-foot-11, 192 pounds, was re-signed on Oct. 18. He has played in six games for the Patriots and registered eight total tackles. He was originally drafted in 2010 by San Francisco in the seventh round (224 overall) out of South Carolina State.

Colts coach Jim Caldwell announced Tuesday that they have decided to sit starting quarterback Curtis Painter in favor of backup Dan Orlovsky for this weekend's game against the Patriots. Indianapolis, which enters the game 0-11, will turn to the former UConn signal caller who is in his first season with the Colts. The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder has started seven games in his career (all with the 2008 Detroit Lions), and this season with Indianapolis, is 14-for-21 for 122 yards in three games.

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FOXBORO -- Here come the Colts. The 0-11 Indianapolis Colts.



Patriots coach Bill Belichick offered some insight into his philosophy during his weekly visit with The Big Show.

Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Monday morning to talk about Sunday's impressive victory over the Eagles.

Branch caught six passes for 125 yards vs. Philadelphia, but he came up one yard short of the end zone on his most memorable catch, a 63-yard pickup from Brady on which Branch veered from his route on Brady's direction and broke free from the secondary before being tracked down just shy of paydirt.

Branch explained that he was tiring badly on the play.

Tom Brady made an early morning appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday to recap Sunday's 38-20 rout of the Eagles, in which Brady threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns.

The Patriots got off to a slow start Sunday, as Brady was hit a few times and the Eagles took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. It was all New England after that.

You can’t fake the relationship between Tom Brady and Deion Branch.



PHILADELPHIA -- For the second straight week, a Patriots offensive lineman left the locker room after the game in a protective walking boot. Sebastian Vollmer appeared to turn his right ankle late in the first half and was replaced by Nate Solder. Vollmer's injury was announced as a right foot/ankle during the game. He was listed as questionable but did not return for the rest of the game.