FOXBORO — Kyle Love’s game prep isn’t complete until he gets a text from his father. The son of a former Army officer, the words of wisdom are the jolt that the defensive tackle needs to get his head into the game.

“Something to get me excited, some kind of words of encouragement,” Love said when asked what his Dad tells him.

FOXBORO -- While he was only watching from the sidelines and did not have his helmet with him, Albert Haynesworth returned to the Patriots practice field for the final formal day of training camp. 

Haynesworth, wearing his uniform practice jersey No. 92, watched as the team took part in a walk-through for about an hour and then went through about 20 minutes of conditioning before the end of the final open practice of camp. 

Patriots wide receier Chad Ochocinco has offered to pay any fine that will be levied against Tampa Bay's Mason Foster for a hit Foster put on the New England wideout in Thursday's preseason game. Mason hit Ochocinco coming over the middle in the first half of the Patriots 31-14 win over the Buccaneers on Thursday, and was flagged as a result of the hit. However, Ochocinco tweeted after the game: @Mason_Foster great hit last night,if [you're] fined I'll reimburse [you] boss. That's the way the game should [be] played. Stay healthy [and] have a good [year].

FOXBORO -- The Patriots announced via twitter Saturday that they have signed former Boston College linebacker Ricky Brown. 

After going undrafted in the 2006 draft, Brown signed with the Raiders. The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder spent time on Oakland's practice squad before being activated as a rookie and played the last five seasons in Oakland as a middle linebacker. In his career, the 27-year-old has 102 tackles and four passes defensed.

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Defensive back James Ihedigbo tweeted Friday evening that he was joining the Patriots. The UMass product wrote: Thanks to #jetsfans for all the love an support greatly appreciate it's on to a new chapter.....I'm Officially a New England Patriot!!!!!! Ihedigbo is a 6-foot-1, 214-pound safety who has spent three seasons in the NFL, all of them with the Jets. The 27-year-old had his finest season last year with New York, finishing with 22 tackles and three sacks in 14 games.

The Patriots have worked out free-agent running back Clinton Portis, according to The Boston Herald. The 29-year-old Portis, a 5-foot-11, 219-pounder out of the University of Miami, was released by the Redskins in a salary cap move this spring. A second-round pick in 2002 by the Broncos, Portis has 2,230 carries for 9,923 yards and 76 touchdowns over over his nine-year career, the last seven of which were spent with Washington. For more Patriots news, check out

Patriots coach Bill Belichick described defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth as "day-to-day" in a conference call with reporters on Friday afternoon. Haynesworth, who has practiced twice with his teammates since he was first acquired in a trade from Washington on July 28, has been kept out of practice since Aug. 3. Belichick also assured the media that Haynesworth is at Gillette Stadium with the rest of his teammates. For more Patriots news, check out

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King spoke with Mut & Merloni about the Patriots and other NFL news Friday afternoon.

King said that the Patriots’ more aggressive pass rush this preseason reflects less a philosophical change and more a personnel-based decision.

Patriots veteran tackle Matt Light has been slowly working his way back into form following offseason shoulder surgery and in his absence first round pick Nate Solder has been seeing most of the time at his position. Appearing as a guest on WEEI's The Big Show, Light said that the competition among the offensive line is healthy and that the mentoring process happens naturally.

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday to discuss Thursday's impressive preseason victory over the Buccaneers.

"Coach has been putting in new things each and every day. We've just been trying to see what works," Mayo said. "Last night, some things worked well for us. We'll go back to the drawing board and take those good things out and work on the bad plays and see what happens."