The Patriots announced Wednesday afternoon they have claimed rookie offensive guard Mark Wetterer off waivers from Cincinnati, and have released safety Ross Ventrone. Wetterer, 6-foot-5 and 319 pounds, was originally signed by Cincinnati as a rookie free agent on July 26 out of Louisville. He was waived by Cincinnati on Aug. 8. The 22-year old Wetterer started in 28 games at Louisville and was named a 2010 First-Team All-Big East player. Ventrone, 5-foot-8 and 190 pounds, was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Villanova on April 29, 2010.

FOXBORO — Since he arrived in New England via a trade with Cincinnati on July 28, there have been two distinctly different Chad Ochocincos.



FOXBORO –- The Patriots will be dedicating the 2011 season to the late Myra Kraft and will be honoring her memory with a patch on each uniform, the team announced Tuesday. Myra was the wife of Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who had to attend her funeral in the closing days of intense collective bargaining negotiations with NFL players.

Mrs. Kraft passed away on July 20 after losing her courageous battle with cancer.

FOXBORO — Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco addressed the handful of dropped passes he's endured through the first week or so of training camp on Tuesday, saying that it's all part of the learning process.

"I'm human, right? All of us are human," he said. "Balls are going to be dropped. It's part of the game."

At the same time, he feels confident with where he is roughly two weeks into the transition.

FOXBORO — New Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco said Tuesday afternoon he's going to pick one fan to stay with "for the first two [or] three weeks of the season" to live with until he gets "acclimated" to the area.

FOXBORO -- In a sign that both Albert Haynesworth and Shaun Ellis are likely to miss the preseason opener Thursday night at Gillette Stadium, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said it's likely that if a player hasn't participated in practice, they won't be game-ready for the Jaguars. 

Belichick sounded optimistic that Haynesworth, who has battled lingering soreness in his knee, could be back on the practice field within the week. 

ESPN football insider John Clayton talked with the Mut & Merloni show Tuesday afternoon and discussed one of the newest Patriots acquisitions, defensive end Shaun Ellis, who Clayton expects is the final signal that New England is in line for a scheme change.

FOXBORO — The Patriots ended the 2010 season with just eight healthy defensive linemen. Now, they have almost three times that many in training camp.



The Patriots have announced training camp information for Tuesday and Wednesday:

Tuesday: 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. -- Practice (open to public on fields behind Gillette Stadium).

Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. -- Practice (open to public, in Gillette Stadium).

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FOXBORO -- After agreeing to terms over the weekend with several veteran players, the Patriots officially announced the signing of veteran free agent defensive ends Shaun Ellis and Andre Carter while bringing back defensive lineman Gerard Warren, a member of the 2010 Patriots. Ellis and Carter were at practice on Monday with Carter practicing and wearing No. 68 while Ellis stood by and watched in shorts and a T-shirt.