FOXBORO -- Brian Waters had his first day with his new team on Monday in Foxboro as the 34-year-old offensive guard lockered next to Logan Mankins and was assigned Tedy Bruschi's old No. 54.

The offensive lineman, released on July 28 after 11 seasons in Kansas City, could step in and start on the Patriots' offensive line after right guard Dan Connolly suffered an ankle injury in the third preseason game against the Lions. 

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have announced their eight-man practice squad, a unit that includes first year players linebacker Markell Carter and defensive lineman Aaron Lavarias. 

Also on the list are safety Ross Ventrone, running back Eric Kettani, offensive linemen Nick McDonald, Matt Kopa and Thomas Welch and wide receiver Kerry Taylor. 

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According to a report out of West Virginia, wide receiver Randy Moss would consider a return to the NFL if the Patriots showed an interest. Moss announced his retirement in July, but Chip Fontanazza of West Virginia MetroNews credits an anonymous source as saying that the 34-year-old still regrets leaving New England, and the Patriots "would most likely be the only team he would play for in the NFL if he would return."

The Patriots made it official on Sunday, announcing the acquisition of veteran offensive lineman Brian Waters. The 34-year-old guard, a five-time Pro Bowler, is a 6-foot-3, 320-pounder who was cut loose late last month by the Chiefs after 11 seasons in Kansas City.

The Bears have signed former Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather to a one-year contract on Sunday, according to multiple media outlets. Meriweather, who was released Saturday by the Patriots, was a first-round pick of New England in 2007, but was a lightning rod for criticism the last couple of years, drawing the ire for his on-field play. In all, the 5-foot-11, 200-pounder played in 64 games with 40 starts over his first four NFL seasons with the Patriots, and was a two-time Pro Bowler.

The Patriots have reached an agreement with Pro Bowl guard Brian Waters, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. The move allows New England to shore up the interior of its offensive line, which has been thinned because of injury.

One day after the Patriots hosted offensive lineman Andre Gurode, they had another veteran lineman in for a visit in Brian Waters, according to multiple reports.

Waters is a 34-year-old who has played with both Dallas and Kansas City, but really made his bones with the Chiefs, where he became a five-time Pro Bowler. A two-time All-Pro, Waters is known as a high-character guy — he was the 2009 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year. (According to Shalise Manza Young, the Patriots and Waters did talk contract when the two sat down on Saturday.)

The Patriots settled on their final 53 on Saturday, sticking with 23 offensive players, 27 defensive players and three special teamers. However, it’s almost a guarantee this list of 53 will not be the same roster they roll out for the season opener against the Dolphins in Miami on Sept. 12.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Friday that releasing players is the “worst part of the job.” New England, which released eight players on Friday, must pare down the roster to the league-mandated 53 active players by Saturday afternoon. While he acknowledged that it is part of the team-building process, he added that it doesn’t make it any easier.

The Patriots announced the release of eight players Friday afternoon in anticipation of tomorrow’s NFL-mandatory cut to the 53-man roster. The Patriots released veteran linebacker Ricky Brown, offensive lineman Jonathan Compas and defensive lineman Darryl Richard; first-year players tight end Carson Butler and wide receiver Buddy Farnham and rookie free agents offensive lineman Mike Berry, running back Richard Medlin and offensive lineman Corey Woods. For more on the Patriots, check out