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 weei.com/patriots.

According to Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com, the NFL will not fine Lions defensive tackle defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh for his role in an altercation with Patriots guard Logan Mankins in Saturday's preseason game.

Sports Illustrated's Peter King made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Friday to talk about the Patriots and other NFL news.

Albert Haynesworth made his first appearance in a Patriots uniform Thursday night against the Giants, making two tackles as he works his way back into shape. King had both criticism and praise for the controversial defensive lineman.

With the league mandating that all teams must cut to 53 by Saturday at 4 p.m., the Patriots have already started making moves. According to league sources, three players — wide receiver Buddy Farnham, running back Richard Medlin and offensive lineman Jonathan Compas — have all been informed of their release.

FOXBORO — The NFL opened training camps five weeks ago with an breathless flurry of activity.



FOXBORO -- Albert Haynesworth made his Patriots debut Thursday night in the preseason finale against the Giants and then went out of his way to thank the Patriots for giving him a chance to save his career. He and fellow newcomer Andre Carter were together on the defensive line, as they were the last two seasons in Washington, when Haynesworth quickly fell out of favor with the Redskins, the team that gave him $41 million guaranteed as part of a seven-year, $100 million deal prior to the 2009 season.