The Patriots waived cornerback Sterling Moore and tight end Alex Silvestro and signed defensive back Derrick Martin and linebacker Mike Rivera on Wednesday.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Moore, who was signed by the Patriots last October, became a regular part of New England's secondary rotation in 2011, eventually playing a key role in the Patriots' win in the AFC title game when he knocked a pass away from Ravens receiver Lee Evans. The 22-year-old has 13 tackles, one pass defensed and one forced fumble in eight games this season.

Sammy Morris wants to make it big. Again.  

After leading the Patriots to a 45-7 rout of the Rams in London on Sunday, Tom Brady on Wednesday was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week. It's the second such award this season for Brady and the 22nd of his career, trying him with Peyton Manning for the most Player of the Week honors since the award was established in 1984.

With the NFL trade deadline looming on Thursday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick, in his weekly appearance on WEEI's Big Show, suggested that he expected very little movement of key players. He noted that the issue of adjusting from one team's system to an unfamiliar one represents an impediment to midseason deals.

The Patriots released linebacker Bobby Carpenter Tuesday evening. The 29-year-old, a veteran of six NFL seasons with Dallas (2006-09), Miami (2010) and Detroit (2010-11), joined the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent from Detroit on April 5. He was released Sept. 1 following training camp and subsequently re-signed on Oct. 2. He played in four games for the team, primarily in a special-teams role, and recorded two tackles. The 6-foot-2, 250-pounder was originally drafted in the first round (18th overall) of the 2006 NFL draft by Dallas out of Ohio State.

FOXBORO -- It's a message repeated around the NFL by head coaches to players - be smart and safe during the midseason off week. Following a practice on Thursday, the Patriots get their chance at rest this weekend and will spread out on their own for three days before returning next week to prepare for the Bills on Nov. 11 at Gillette Stadium. 

Speaking on his weekly interview with the Dennis and Callahan Show Tuesday morning, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady explained that his team's 5-3 record is in line with how the Pats have played this season.


The NFL announced Monday that it has pushed this week's trade deadline back due to Hurricane Sandy.

The deadline for teams to complete trades for the season was initially set for Tuesday, but the league has extended the trading period until Thursday at 4 p.m. EST. This season marked the first season in which the deadline had been set for the Tuesday following Week 8, as teams previously had to complete trades by the Tuesday following Week 6. 

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The Patriots' charter plane carrying the team, support staff and friends and family arrived safely back in Boston just before noon on Monday, just beating the peak effects of Hurricane Sandy. 

The team left early Monday morning from London's Heathrow Airport and made the trip west after being forced to spend the night in London. The team spent the night savoring their most dominant and complete victory of the season, a 45-7 romp over the Rams at Wembley Stadium.