According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Patriots would have been interested in re-signing wide receiver Randy Moss if he cleared through waivers and was not claimed by the Tennessee Titans. Schefter writes that the reason the Patriots didn't put in a waiver claim for Moss was that since they had the NFL's final waiver claim, they could simply let Moss pass through and re-sign him as a free agent, thereby not being obligated to play the balance of the $3.38 million the wideout was still owed.

Bill Belichick met with the media following the Patriots 34-14 defeat to the Browns in Cleveland, a loss that dropped the Patriots to 6-2 on the season. 

 

"They [Browns] did everything better than we did, in every single thing you can measure," said Belichick. "They were clearly the better team. They deserved to win, it was an outstanding performance. We didn't do the things we needed to do to win, or really be competitive, so that was the result of the game. Obviously we have got a lot of work to do."

 

The Patriots fell behind 10-0 in the first four minutes of the game and never recovered in an ugly 34-14 upset loss to the Cleveland Browns that ended their five-game winning streak. Peyton Hillis ran 29 times for 184 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Browns rookie Colt McCoy, making just his third NFL start, managed a near-perfect game, completing 14-of-19 passes for 174 yards while scrambling 16 yards for a key third-quarter touchdown.

 

Through eight weeks, Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo leads the NFL in tackles. (AP)Here are ten things worth keeping an eye on in Sunday’s Patriots-Browns game:



The Patriots have downgraded safety Patrick Chung to out, and the second-year player out of Oregon will be one of eight players who will be designated as inactive for Sunday's game against the Browns, the team announced Saturday night. With the decision to sit him down, Chung, who suffered a bruised knee last month against the Chargers, will now have sat for two straight games — he missed last week's game against the Vikings as well. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

The Patriots have announced they have reinstated Logan Mankins to the 53-man roster, and released both cornerback Terrence Wheatley and linebacker Tyrone McKenzie. Here’s the full text of the announcement from the team:

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. –The New England Patriots announced today that G Logan Mankins has been activated to the 53-man roster. Mankins reported to the Patriots on Tuesday, Nov. 6. In addition, the Patriots released CB Terrence Wheatley from the 53-man roster and LB Tyrone McKenzie from the practice squad.

Patriots inside linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, a third round pick in 2009 who had been playing on the team's practice squad, has been released to pursue an opportunity on another team's 53-man roster, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. 

 

The news of McKenzie's release comes on the same day that the team released cornerback Terrence Wheatley, and the team has now seen six players drafted in the first three rounds between 2006-2009 not play out their contracts with the Patriots. McKenzie had missed his rookie season with a torn ACL. 

 

The Browns and coach Eric Mangini announced that Colt McCoy will make his third NFL start on Sunday against the Patriots as quarterback Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace both missed practice for a third straight day with ankle injuries. 

 

Browns Injury Report for Friday:

Did Not Participate

QB Jake Delhomme (ankle) Doubtful

OL John St. Clair (ankle) Doubtful

QB Seneca Wallace (ankle) Questionable

 

Limited Participation

FOXBORO -- Tully Banta-Cain's absence from practice on Friday was not injury related and he is probable for this Sunday's game against the Browns in Cleveland. Meanwhile, running back Fred Taylor will miss his fifth straight game while safety Jarrad Page missed his second straight. Both have been ruled out. Linebacker Brandon Spikes was limited with a knee issue but is listed as probable. Deion Branch, Pat Chung and Matt Slater are all questionable for Sunday. 

 

FOXBORO -- In a week that has featured the trash-talking episodes between Kevin Garnett and Charlie Villanueva of the Pistons and Andrew Bogut of the Bucks, Patriots receiver said Friday he would much prefer letting his play on the field do the talking.