The Patriots announced Saturday that rookie defensive end Alex Silvestro has been signed to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. In addition, they have released wide receiver Tiquan Underwood.

Curtis Martin, a third-round pick of the Patriots in 1995 who would go on to become the fourth leading rusher in NFL history, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Martin, the fourth-leading rusher in NFL history with 14,101 yards (trailing only Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton and Barry Sanders), topped 1,000 yards in each of his first 10 seasons, and was a five-time All-Pro. Martin, who was NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1995, left New England to go to the Jets in 1998, ended up playing 11 years in the NFL.

The following is the Saturday pool report on the Patriots session from Tom E. Curran of Comcast SportsNet, who filled in for Alex Marvez of

INDIANAPOLIS -- Bill Belichick and Tom Brady were the last Patriots to walk off the field at Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday afternoon after a 90-minute outing with friends and family that included official team Super Bowl photos.

The sale of Patriots-Rams tickets for their scheduled game in London on Oct. 28 has been halted while the Rams try to resolve an issue related to their lease on the Edward Jones Dome.

"We're going to play the London games," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told The Associated Press on Friday. "We hope it will be with the Rams and the New England Patriots next year. That's what we planned. ... But there are issues that obviously are going to have to get resolved. We know there are discussions going on. We hope that will get resolved shortly."

INDIANAPOLIS -- Here are 46 things we’ll be keeping an eye on in Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVI between the Patriots and the Giants.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Patriots put the capper on their week of practices in Indianapolis with an hour-long walkthrough at Colts’ team headquarters on Friday.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski took part in the session -- wearing a “Yo Soy Fiesta” t-shirt -- on a limited basis. According to pool reporter Alex Marvez, the session never saw the players run faster than a trot while executing plays. Gronkowski, who was dressed in gray sweatpants and gray sneakers, moved without a limp as the Patriots executed their offensive plays.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was limited in practice on Friday because of his ankle, and is officially listed as "questionable" for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Giants. Here's the complete report:

OT Marcus Cannon (ankle -- limited participation)
S Patrick Chung (knee -- limited participation)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb -- limited participation)
TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle -- limited participation)
DL Kyle Love (ankle -- limited participation)

Former Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri, now the kicker for the Colts, suggested in an interview on The Big Show that it comes as no surprise to see the Patriots in their fifth Super Bowl in 11 years. He suggested that the organizational infrastructure is such that success is a likely outcome.

INDIANAPOLIS – The calm, beautiful and unseasonably warm and enjoyable weather this week here in central Indiana is simply the calm before Sunday’s storm.



Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports NFL expert Peter King checked in with Mut & Merloni Friday to preview the Super Bowl.

"I'm picking the Giants, I'm picking them 23-20, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if the Patriots won the game," King said. "But I would be surprised if one of the two teams played poorly. I just can't see it. They're too evenly matched."

King said the Giants are a very, very excited team that loves to practice and appears much looser than previous teams coached by noted disciplinarian Tom Coughlin.