The Patriots on Saturday signed safety Sergio Brown to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. To make room on the 53-man roster for Brown, they released running back Thomas Clayton.

Brown, 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Notre Dame on April 29. He was released by the Patriots on Sept. 4 and signed to the practice squad on Sept. 6.

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Prosecutors in San Diego tell the Associated Press that they won't charge former Patriots linebacker Junior Seau after his live-in girlfriend alleged she was assaulted. The San Diego County district attorney's office said Friday that it reached its decision after reviewing an investigation by police.

Patriots Injury Report for Friday
Did Not Participate

S Jarrad Page (calf) OUT
RB Fred Taylor (toe) OUT

Limited Participation
CB Kyle Arrington (groin) questionable
WR Julian Edelman (concussion) questionable

Full Participation
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder) probable
S James Sanders (hamstring) probable

Patriots President and COO Jonathan Kraft, in an appearance on The Big Show, addressed the impact of the NFL's efforts to enforce strictly the restrictions on hits of defenseless players. Kraft noted that the NFL was not actually creating a new rule, but was instead merely sending a message that its current rules will be enforced more strictly than had been the case in the past.


"This was a rule that was on the books," said Kraft. "It’s not something new that’s happening this season."


Sports Illustrated columnist and NBC Sports reporter Peter King made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday to talk about the major stories around the NFL. King said he does not expect that the game will change much despite the emphasis on penalizing hits to the head.


FOXBORO — As was the case on Thursday, running back Fred Taylor and safety Jarrad Page were the only two players missing from the start of Patriots practice, a session held on the upper fields behind Gillette Stadium in sweats and shells. Their absence likely means the two will not be playing Sunday when New England faces San Diego.

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Patriots offensive lineman Stephen Neal made his weekly Patriots Friday appearance on Dale & Holley to talk about the team's game against the Chargers on Sunday in San Diego. The Chargers have been a different team in San Diego as compared to when they play on the road.


ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning. Schefter said he expects no players will be suspended for a hit to the head this weekend. "I think we're going to get zero. ... I think people are going to be on the lookout, and I know the league is going to be more vigilant than ever. It's not often that we see a suspendable helmet-to-helmet hit. It's not often that it happens."


Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show early Friday morning for his weekly appearance and spent much of the conversation discussing the head-hits controversy. Mayo said the team watched the league's video on how to avoid such hits.


"We have seen it," he said. "We didn't really learn anything new. We knew not to launch, not to lead with your head, things like that."