AFC East: Rich Ohrnberger

Check here for a complete list of the New England Patriots‘ roster moves.

Surprise move: There was plenty of speculation about safety Brandon Meriweather's future after he played into the fourth quarter with the second unit in Thursday’s exhibition finale against the New York Giants, but it was still a surprise when the Patriots outright released the former first-round pick (24th overall in the 2007 draft) on Saturday. After releasing veteran James Sanders as part of the previous cutdowns, the Patriots further turned over that position, waving goodbye to a player who’s been to the Pro Bowl in each of the past two seasons.

The team also raised some eyebrows by releasing defensive end Eric Moore, a starter at season’s end last year, but the additions of veterans such as Mark Anderson and Shaun Ellis on the defensive line made him expendable. Wide receiver Brandon Tate, who was the team’s primary kick returner and No. 3 receiver last year, got edged by more versatile bodies, and veteran running back Sammy Morris was a victim of an influx of young talent at running back.

No-brainers: First-year players like offensive lineman Thomas Austin, running back Eric Kettani, and defensive back Ross Ventrone, as well as rookies linebacker Markell Carter, defensive lineman Aaron Lavarias, defensive end Alex Silvestro, tight end Lee Smith and tight end Will Yeatman were longer shots to make the roster. The release of two young tight ends (Smith and Yeatman) is a bit surprising given New England’s love of three tight-end sets and no pure fullback. (Could veteran Alge Crumpler be on the radar?)

What’s next: The Patriots are certainly in the market for safety help, and with backup guard Rich Ohrnberger placed on season-ending injured reserve, the team is thin on the interior line. Remember that this team rarely sits idle after cutdowns. Expect the Patriots to tweak their roster further based on what becomes available from cutdowns across the league.

Jets scratch Brad Smith; Hernandez to play

January, 16, 2011

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New York Jets have scratched Brad Smith for Sunday's playoff game against the New England Patriots.

Smith was the Jets' top kickoff returner, bringing back two for touchdowns in the regular season. He also is a potent weapon in the run game as an option quarterback in their Wildcat-style offense.

Newsworthy for the Patriots is that tight end Aaron Hernandez is active after missing the last two regular-season games with a hip injury.

Here are the rest of Sunday's scratches:

New York Jets

New England Patriots

Jets at Patriots inactives

December, 6, 2010
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Here are the inactives for Monday night's game between the New York Jets and New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium.

New York Jets
New England Patriots

Colts at Patriots inactives

November, 21, 2010

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Here are the scratches for Sunday's game between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium:

Indianapolis Colts

New England Patriots

Brett Favre will start, plus inactives

October, 31, 2010
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It's official. Brett Favre will start for the Minnesota Vikings against the New England Patriots on Sunday, extending his record streak to 292 games.

Here are the inactives:

Minnesota Vikings
New England Patriots

Ravens at Patriots inactives

October, 17, 2010
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Here are the inactives for Sunday's game between the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium:

Baltimore Ravens
New England Patriots

Patriots at Dolphins inactives

October, 4, 2010
MIAMI -- Here are the inactives for Monday night's game between the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins in Sun Life Stadium:

New England Patriots
Miami Dolphins

New England Patriots cutdown analysis

September, 4, 2010
Check here for a full list of roster moves.

Biggest surprise: Outside linebacker Derrick Burgess kept the Patriots waiting while he contemplated retirement at the start of training camp. The Patriots probably helped push him back toward a pensive mood when they dropped the two-time Pro Bowler. The Patriots have pass-rush concerns, and Burgess tied for second with five sacks last year. The development of second-round draft choice Jermaine Cunningham certainly played a role in New England's decision. Also notable that second-year offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger was dropped despite the Patriots' interior issues and the fact they aggressively drafted him from Penn State in the fourth round last year. The Patriots traded cornerback Ellis Hobbs for a pair of fifth-round picks and then turned those assets into the fourth-round pick they used on Ohrnberger. He dressed for only three games last year.

No-brainers: The Patriots chose to keep five running backs, which is what they did last year. Fred Taylor, Kevin Faulk, Sammy Morris, Laurence Maroney and BenJarvus Green-Ellis. With safety Brandon McGowan placed on injured reserve with a chest injury, they made a nice trade with the Kansas City Chiefs and old friend Scott Pioli for safety Jarrad Page.

What's next: Bill Belichick never stops tweaking, particularly at the bottom of the roster. So this list of 53 probably will change before opening day. The Patriots, in need of support at defensive end, could bring back Jarvis Green, cut by the Denver Broncos on Saturday. Green played all eight of his NFL seasons with the Patriots and started 13 games at left end before signing with the Broncos as a free agent. Right defensive end Ty Warren is out for the year with a hip injury. The Patriots also released veteran defensive end Damione Lewis on Friday.

Your Ravens-Pats primer

January, 10, 2010
CINCINNATI -- You'll notice that the word in all caps to the left doesn't look anything like FOXBOROUGH, Mass.

That means I'm not in Gillette Stadium for Sunday's playoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots. I was on the scene for the New York Jets' first-round victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

We'll see if the AFC East can go 2-0.

I'll be filing dispatches from my hotel on the bank of the Ohio River. But ESPN has a team of reporters in Gillette Stadium. Of course, you need monitor the updates and observations Mike Reiss and Chris Forsberg will be posting at Senior writer Len Pasquarelli will be writing on the Ravens-Patriots, too.

Also, and perhaps most importantly, you can join our live in-game chat. I will join Reiss, Forsberg and Scouts Inc. analyst Jeremy Green.

Here are the inactives from Foxborough, dispatched via Cincinnati:

Baltimore Ravens

New England Patriots

Wilfork out, Fred Taylor in for Patriots

December, 27, 2009
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The big pregame news in Gillette Stadium is the New England Patriots' inactive list for their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Nose tackle Vince Wilfork has been scratched for the second straight game with a foot injury, and right tackle Nick Kaczur is out again with a shoulder injury.

Fred Taylor is not on the list. The veteran running back will play against his former team after ankle surgery sidelined him for nine games. Patriots defensive end Ty Warren also is back after missing a game.

Conditions here are foggy and soggy. A light mist has fallen all morning, but the temperature is a pleasantly mild 52 degrees.

Be sure to check out the coverage at Mike Reiss and Chris Forsberg will blog their keen observations throughout the day.

Complete inactive lists for both teams:

Jacksonville Jaguars

New England Patriots

Light, Morris back, Edelman third QB

November, 30, 2009
NEW ORLEANS -- The New England Patriots also have some interesting scratches for Monday night's game in the Superdome.

Left tackle Matt Light will play tonight after missing five games games with a knee injury, but rookie Sebastian Vollmer, who was playing very well in Light's absence, is out. He suffered a head injury in last week's victory over the New York Jets.

Running back Sammy Morris also returns to help out Laurence Maroney and Kevin Faulk in the backfield. He sat out four games with a knee injury.

Linebacker Junior Seau has been deactivated for the first time since signing with the Patriots.

Rookie slot receiver Julian Edelman will dress, but as the third quarterback. That means he cannot step on the field until the fourth quarter without disqualifying quarterbacks Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer for the rest of the game. Edelman played quarterback at Kent State before the Patriots converted him.

The Patriots' total inactive list as follows:

Greetings from Lucas Oil Stadium

November, 15, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS -- The New England Patriots will be without both of their starting defensive ends Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts.

The inactives lists are circulating through the Lucas Oil Stadium press box, and the big news is that the Patriots have scratched left end Ty Warren, who had been listed as questionable with an ankle injury. Right end Jarvis Green was an expected scratch.

Two-time Pro Bowl left tackle Matt Light, who returned to practice this week, is out again. Rookie Sebastian Vollmer should get his fourth straight start and will have the pleasure of fending off Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney.

A name not on the inactive list is rookie receiver Julian Edelman. He missed the past two games with a broken forearm.

The complete this of inactives:

New England Patriots
Indianapolis Colts

Dolphins-Patriots inactives

November, 8, 2009
Posted by's Tim Graham

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- No surprises on the inactive list for Sunday's game between the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium.

Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots

Thomas not among Patriots-Buccaneers inactives

October, 25, 2009
Posted by's Tim Graham

In a double-decker bus, we bring you the inactives for Sunday's game between the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Wembley Stadium.

You'll notice linebacker Adalius Thomas isn't on the list for a second straight week, and you'll also see a change of scenery didn't get former Miami Dolphins guard Shawn Murphy in pads for his first NFL game. Tampa Bay's Pro Bowl return man, Clifton Smith, is out after taking that cheap shot from Carolina's Dante Wesley last week.

New England Patriots
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Thomas, Galloway out, Seau in for Patriots

October, 18, 2009
Posted by's Tim Graham

The New England Patriots made an interesting decision on their inactive list for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium.

Outside linebacker Adalius Thomas is out even though he didn't appear on the Patriots' injury report all week. As's Mike Reiss explains, the Patriots likely will operate out of a 4-3 base.

The Patriots are dressing 40-year-old linebacker Junior Seau.

Receiver Joey Galloway has been scratched for a third straight game.

Here are the complete inactive lists for the game:

Tennessee Titans
New England Patriots