FOXBORO -- Patriots linebacker and special teams player Dane Fletcher said Friday that he will have surgery on his injured left knee next week. The linebacker tore his ACL during the team's preseason opener on Aug. 9 against the Saints during punt coverage. Fletcher was immediately placed on injury waivers by the team and cleared before the team claimed him back 24 hours later and placed him on injured reserve. 

Driving back from MetLife Stadium in the dead of night after the Patriots' preseason finale on Wednesday, a dismal 6-3 loss to the Giants, I realized several things: The George Washington Bridge is beautiful at 1:30 in the morning.



By 9 p.m. on Friday, every team in the NFL has to be down to 53 players. While there will be movement after the deadline -- remember that the Patriots picked up Brian Waters, Danny Aiken, A.J.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Rookie running back and return specialist Jeff Demps said he's glad to have been able to make some inroads towards a possible roster spot on the Patriots in his two preseason games. Demps was signed on Aug. 17 after competing as a sprinter for the U.S. team in the London Olympics. He played in Tampa Bay last Friday night and had three catches for 31 yards in Wednesday night's 6-3 preseason loss to the Giants at MetLife Stadium. 

EAST RUTHERFORD -- Brian Hoyer was strip-sacked by Adewale Ojomo with under three minutes left in regulation, setting up the game-winning 32-yard field goal from Lawrence Tynes with 1:03 left in the fourth as the Giants beat the Patriots, 6-3, in the preseason finale for both teams. Hoyer was intercepted on the final possession to end the game. 

According to multiple reports, the NFL has told all 32 teams that replacement officials will work the first week of the season. This comes after a preseason that has been officiated by replacements due to prolonged negotiations between the league and the NFL Referees' Association. 

The final preseason game of the year offers all sorts of intriguing storylines for the Patriots.

With Monday’s cuts, the Patriots have started narrowing the field in an attempt to get down to 53 before the Friday deadline. With our initial roster projections now in shambles with Monday’s moves, here’s another shot at who is going to survive, with a few practice squad candidates tossed in for good measure.


FOXBORO -- In an outpouring of emotion and appreciation, Aaron Hernandez gave thanks to the Kraft family and the Patriots organization Monday night hours after agreeing to a five-year, $40 million extension that will keep him in a Patriots uniform through 2018. 

"This is probably one of the best days of my life," Hernandez said before the annual team gala at Gillette Stadium. "I'll remember this day forever."

The Patriots made a series of moves on Monday to reach the NFL roster limit of 75 players.

The team announced they have released defensive lineman Tim Bulman, wide receiver Jabar Gaffney, wide receiver Donte' Stallworth, defensive back Ross Ventrone and defensive lineman Gerard Warren. In addition, they have placed defensive back Will Allen, safety Josh Barrett and fullback Spencer Larsen on injured reserve.