AFC East: Brett Lockett

Pats place top pass defender Bodden on IR

August, 31, 2010
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In trimming their roster to the mandatory 75-man limit Tuesday, the New England Patriots made a surprising move.

Bodden
Bodden
They placed their top cornerback, Leigh Bodden, on season-ending injured reserve. That might leave them with the NFL's least experienced starting tandem at cornerback: rookie Devin McCourty and sophomore Darius Butler, who started five games last year.

Bodden has a shoulder injury, the Patriots announced. Bodden later tweeted he would undergo surgery. He also hurt his knee early in training camp.

He started 15 games last year, including the postseason, and tied for the team lead with five interceptions. His 17 passes defensed were more than double the next-closest cornerback.

The Patriots also put defensive lineman Darryl Richard (foot) and defensive backs Josh Barrett (shoulder) and Brett Lockett (chest) on injured reserve and released defensive back Terrence Johnson.

The AFC East's other big personnel move Tuesday was the New York Jets' decision to keep quarterback Kellen Clemens and waive Kevin O'Connell.

Clemens was on the verge of being released when he agreed to a pay cut to remain the third quarterback, a tough pill to swallow for a 2006 second-round draft choice. But Clemens wanted to stay make a Super Bowl charge with his boys.

ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini reports Clemens dropped his $1.1 million salary to a little more than the veteran minimum of $630,000.

The Jets also claimed pass-rusher Ricky Foley off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks. Foley had 12 sacks for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League last year.

Greetings from Land Shark Stadium

December, 6, 2009
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MIAMI -- After a couple days of rain and a chilly night that felt more like Delaware than South Florida, the weather is gorgeous about 90 minutes before Sunday's kickoff in Land Shark Stadium.

The field is awash in sunlight. The forecasted high temperature is 76 degrees.

Big game between the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins. I still think the Patriots are the class of the division by a significant margin, but if the Dolphins can score an upset, then they and the New York Jets will be only one game behind the Patriots with four to play.

Buzz in the press box is about Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's finger. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the injury, announced Friday by the Patriots, isn't bad enough to keep Brady from starting.

But there's skepticism over the injury, especially with the way Monday night's game in New Orleans unfolded. Brady threw two interceptions and was pulled from the game with 5:26 to play. His removal was Bill Belichick throwing in the white towel, but now folks are speculating Brady might've been hurt back then.

The entire inactive list for each team:

New England Patriots

Miami Dolphins

Greetings from Gillette Stadium

October, 4, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham


FOXBOUROUGH, Mass. -- It's going to be around 70 degrees, damp and overcast here in Gillette Stadium, where the Baltimore Ravens will play the New England Patriots in the most fascinating game of the day, as far as I'm concerned.

With all respect to the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints in the Superdome, what happens Sunday afternoon in New England will resonate more loudly in the AFC.

The Patriots have some notable inactive news.

Receiver Wes Welker and nose tackle Vince Wilfork will play, but beleaguered receiver Joey Galloway will watch in street clothes.

This will be the first game with Welker and rookie Julian Edelman on the field together. I've been looking forward to seeing how they operate together.

Also out for the Patriots: Scratched for the Ravens:

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