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08/31/2012 - 3:22pm
Ridley, Chung, Spikes all back at practice

Stevan Ridley, Pat Chung, Brandon Spikes and Tracy White returned to practiced on Friday afternoon, as the Patriots were back on the practice field in full pads.

The following players were not spotted at the start of practice: Kyle Love, Jesse Holley, Sergio Brown, Shane Vereen, Jeff Demps, Tyler Urban, Nick McDonald, Matt Kopa, Sebastian Vollmer, Visanthe Shiancoe, Niko Koutouvides and Marcus Harrison.

It's not completely clear as to who is missing because of injury or because of cuts -- the Patriots have to get down to 53 players before the league-mandated cutdown deadline, set for Friday at 9 p.m.

For more on the Patriots, check out weei.com/patriots.

 


08/31/2012 - 1:00pm
Source: Pats release DB Derrick Martin

The Patriots have released defensive back Derrick Martin, according to a league source. The 27-year-old Martin, who has been in the league for six seasons, signed with the Patriots on Aug. 4. The 5-foot-10, 198-pound defensive back had 12 tackles in 14 games last season for the Giants.

To this point, the Patriots have released Martin, wide receiver Deion Branch, quarterback Brian Hoyer, offensive lineman Dan Koppen and defensive back James Ihedigbo in their attempts to get down to 53 players before the league-mandated deadline, Friday at 9 p.m.

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08/31/2012 - 12:36pm
Report: Patriots cut veteran WR Branch

The Patriots released wide receiver Deion Branch, per Shalise Manza-Young of The Boston Globe. The 33-year-old Branch has played 10 years in the NFL, including the better part of six seasons with the Patriots. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound Branch had 51 catches for 702 yards and five touchdowns last season.

As of Friday at 1:30 p.m., the Patriots have released Branch, quarterback Brian Hoyer, offensive lineman Dan Koppen and defensive back James Ihedigbo in their attempt to get down to 53 players before the league-mandated deadline of Friday at 9 p.m.

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


08/31/2012 - 12:26pm
Pats cut Hoyer, Koppen, Ihedigbo

The Patriots have started their cuts, releasing quarterback Brian Hoyer, offensive lineman Dan Koppen and defensive back James Ihedigbo, according to league sources and various reports.

Koppen, 32, has been with the Patriots since 2003, when he was drafted out of Boston College. The former Pro Bowler has started 120 regular-season games over the course of his career in New England and was a member of the 2003 and 2004 Super Bowl champions. The 6-foot-2, 300-pounder had struggled over the course of the summer but had played better as of late.

As for Hoyer, he had served as a backup to Tom Brady since he was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State in 2009. In limited regular-season action, the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder had gone 27-for-43 for 286 yards with one touchdown and one interception over the course of his career in New England.

The 28-year-old Ihedigbo, who tweeted his dismissal on Friday afternoon, played one...

08/31/2012 - 12:24pm
Millar on M&M: Sox need more 'passion'

MLB Network analyst Kevin Millar joined Mut & Merloni on Friday to talk about the Red Sox. Millar weighed in on last week's blockbuster trade with the Dodgers, calling it "crazy."

Said Millar: "My first thought on that whole thing was, 'Wow.' The bottom line is that they basically thought that this team is not winning and hasn't won, and there's some players with good stats and good old blah, blah, blah. It all comes back to being a team. It's going to be good for both sides."

Millar said he expects the Red Sox to pay more attention to a player's compatability before jumping into free agency again.

"To me, personally, J.D. Drew doesn't have the makeup," Millar said of the former Sox right fielder. "I'm looking for a player that has makeup -- that tough baseball player mentality. That's all we had in that 2003, '04, '05 situation: Billy Mueller, Mark Bellhorn -- those are makeup guys. Those aren't the...

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