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11/09/2011 - 12:23pm
Belichick on Albert: We tried to make it work

FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick briefly addressed the decision to release defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth during his Wednesday morning press conference.

"I'll just say this on the Albert situation ... I thought that both he and myself -- speaking for the [coaching] staff -- we really tried to make it work," Belichick said. "He had a few physical limitations to overcome when he got here, but I thought he really tried to do what we asked him to do. We tried to work with him. In the end, it just didn't work out. I think the best thing we could do was just move on."

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11/09/2011 - 12:01pm
Patriots sign Koutouvides, Moore

The Patriots announced Wednesday that they have signed linebacker Niko Koutouvides to the 53-man roster and signed defensive back Sterling Moore from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. They also announced that safety Josh Barrett has been placed on injured reserve with a calf injury. Barrett played in five games with four starts in 2011 and collected 14 total tackles.

In addition, the Patriots announced that linebacker Mike Rivera, safety Ross Ventrone and defensive back Josh Victorian have been signed to the practice squad and defensive back Malcolm Williams has been released from the practice squad.

Koutouvides, 30, was signed by the Patriots on Aug. 14 and released on Sept. 3. He is a veteran of seven NFL seasons with the Seahawks (2004-07), Broncos (2008) and Buccaneers (2010). Koutouvides, 6-foot-2, 238 pounds, originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round draft pick (116th overall) of Seattle in 2004 out of Purdue. Koutouvides has...

11/09/2011 - 11:04am
Report: Paterno says he'll retire after season

According to an Associated Press report, Joe Paterno said he will retire as Penn State coach at the end of the season, his 46th leading the team. Paterno, who last week recorded his 409th career victory, the most ever in NCAA Division 1 history, has come under fire for his failure to be more aggressive in reporting alleged child molestation accusations by a former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky.

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11/09/2011 - 9:54am
Brady to Ocho: 'You're doing good'

All season, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been a public advocate for wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. Now, we know he supports him privately as well.

According to Pro Football Talk, after Brady and Ochocinco were unable to connect on a third-and-7 play in the second half of Sunday's loss to the Giants -- a game in which Brady targeted Ochocinco a season-high five times -- NFL Films caught Brady encouraging Ochocinco, telling him, "You're doing good. You're doing good. Just keep playing hard. That's all I want."

Ochocinco did not catch a pass in the defeat. On the season, he has nine catches for 136 yards.

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11/09/2011 - 8:47am
Mashup: Eli's dad mutes criticism of QB

Archie Manning enjoyed watching his son Eli lead the Giants to a last-minute victory Sunday against the Patriots, but he had trouble listening to the commentary on Fox. The elder Manning said he doesn't agree with Troy Aikman and Joe Buck's criticism. "I don't always listen to Troy and Joe," Archie told ESPN. "They're kind of hard on Eli. Joe's always been really tough on Eli, and it seems this year Troy is too. But that's OK. Sometimes I just mute them."

In a 2009 interview, Peyton Manning made a similar comment, chastising Buck for being critical of Eli during another comeback attempt.

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.


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