FOXBORO -- Pepper Johnson wanted to make it clear in his briefing with reporters on Sunday that he has no preconceived notions about working with Albert Haynesworth. As a matter of fact, the Patriots defensive line coach said he couldn't be happier to work with the man who came to New England in late July with a very checkered and unflattering reputation as a troublemaker.

FOXBORO -- Adding more depth to their corps of linebackers, the Patriots Sunday announced they have signed veteran free agent Niko Koutouvides. Terms were not disclosed.

FOXBORO -- Patriots left tackle Matt Light returned to the practice field Saturday after coming off the physcially unable to perform list. Light, who signed a two-year deal to return to the team that selected him in the second round of the 2001 draft, said that he is "working it in slow" after offseason shoulder surgery. 

The Patriots announced Saturday they have signed rookie free agent defensive lineman Zack Roth. Terms of the contract were not announced. Additionally, the Patriots announced that offensive lineman Chris Morris and defensive lineman Steve Williams have been released. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Saturday at Gillette Stadium that offensive lineman Marcus Cannon, whom the team drafted in the fifth round is "doing what he can do" as he works his way back from non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

"He's in all the meetings," Belichick said of the Texas Christian product. "He's on his own workout program. He does the things that everybody does, but they're specifically for him. Some things he can mainstream, other things he can't, but that's all based on medicals." 

Former Patriot player and coach Corwin Brown was taken from his house to a hospital after a self-inflicted gunshot wound, ending a seven-hour standoff with police at his home in Indiana. Police had arrived shortly before 1 p.m. on Friday is response to a domestic disturbance call.

A police SWAT team has surrounded the home of former Patriots coach Corwin Brown, according to a report in the South Bend Tribune. Police arrived earlier in the day in response to a domestic disturbance call and the SWAT team was called in after shots were reported fired from inside the house. It is believed that Brown is the only person inside the house.

On Friday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick addressed the new contract for Pro Bowl offensive lineman Logan Mankins, saying it was “great” to have him inked to a long-term deal and calling Mankins “one of our best players.”

FOXBORO — He stands in the longest shadow in the NFL, but every preseason, Brian Hoyer continues to remind people why he could be one of the most underrated players on the New England roster.



FOXBORO -- Always the perfectionist, Patriots coach Bill Belichick assessed his team's performance following Thursday night's 47-12 blowout win over the Jaguars. 

"It's good to get started after a couple of weeks of practices, of course against ourselves. It's good to get out in the stadium and play. I thought there were some positive things tonight," Belichick said of his team, which was led by quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett.