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Catching up with former Pats

12/27/2011
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Former Patriots cornerback Darius Butler with the Panthers.

This week's "Catching up with former Pats" update leads off with cornerback Darius Butler, who started for the Panthers in Sunday's blowout win over the Buccaneers. Butler was stepping in for Captain Munnerlyn, who was placed on season-ending injured reserve, and he finished with three tackles and one pass defended.

Butler has appeared in 12 games this season for the Panthers, with five starts.

In addition to Butler, offensive tackle Steve Maneri (Chiefs) earned his first career NFL start, playing as a tight end. Dolphins tight end Will Yeatman also earned his first career NFL start, against the Patriots.

Meanwhile, Bills tight end Lee Smith landed on season-ending injured reserve (ankle).

For a game-by-game breakdown of players who were with the Patriots in 2011 training camp but are now with new teams, click the full entry.

OL Thomas Austin (Texans)

Week 16: Dresses but does not play in a 19-16 road loss to the Colts

Week 15: Active for his first career game as injuries thin Texans' depth; plays in reserve role in a 28-13 home loss to Panthers

Week 14: Inactive in a 20-19 road win over the Bengals

Week 13: Inactive in a 17-10 home win over the Falcons

Week 12: Inactive in a 20-13 road win over the Jaguars

Week 11: Bye

Week 10: Inactive in a 37-9 blowout win over the Buccaneers

Week 9: Inactive in a 30-12 home win over the Browns

Week 8: Inactive in a 24-14 home win over the Jaguars

Week 7: Inactive in a 41-7 road win over the Titans

Week 6: Inactive in a 29-14 loss to the Texans

Week 5: Inactive in a 25-20 home loss to the Raiders

Week 4: Inactive in a 17-10 home win over the Steelers

Week 3: Inactive in a 40-33 loss at New Orleans

Week 2: Inactive in a 23-13 win at Miami

Week 1: Inactive in 34-7 blowout of the Colts

CB Darius Butler (Panthers)

Week 16: Starts at right cornerback in a 48-16 home win over Buccaneers; totals 3 tackles and 1 pass defended

Week 15: Inactive for a 28-13 road win over Houston with a concussion

Week 14: Plays in a reserve role in 31-23 home loss to Falcons and records 2 passes defended; reportedly shows concussion-like symptoms on Monday

Week 13: Plays as an extra defensive back in a 38-19 road win over the Bucs; totals 4 tackles

Week 12: Dresses and sees plenty of action in 27-19 road win at Indianapolis; finishes with 3 tackles

Week 11: Dresses but does not play in 49-35 road loss at Detroit

Week 10: Plays as extra defensive back in blowout loss to Tennessee; totals 3 tackles

Week 9: Bye

Week 8: Inactive in a 24-21 home loss to the Vikings with his daughter undergoing heart surgery

Week 7: Starts as a fifth defensive back and finishes with 5 tackles and 1 pass defended in a 33-20 home win over the Redskins

Week 6: Starts as a fifth defensive back and finishes with one tackle in a 31-17 loss at Atlanta

Week 5: Starts as a fifth DB in a 30-27 home loss to the Saints; totals 5 tackles and 2 passes defended

Week 4: Starts in place of injured Chris Gamble in a 34-29 road loss to the Bears and totals 3 tackles

Week 3: Active as a backup and totals 3 tackles with 1 pass defended in team's 16-10 win over the Jaguars

Week 2: Active as a backup but doesn't show up on stat sheet in 30-23 home loss to the Packers

Week 1: Active and plays sparingly in 28-21 loss to Cardinals, and doesn't show up on stat sheet

DL Albert Haynesworth (Buccaneers)

Week 16: Inactive in a 48-16 road loss to the Panthers

Week 15: Starts in a 31-15 home loss to Cowboys; totals 5 tackles and 1 pass deflected as Buccaneers have yet to win game with him on roster

Week 14: Starts and has 1 tackle and 1 quarterback hit in a 41-14 road loss to the Jaguars

Week 13: Starts and has 1 tackle in a 38-19 home loss to the Panthers

Week 12: Starts and totals 4 tackles (2 for a loss) in a 23-17 road loss at Tennessee

Week 11: Starts and totals 1 tackle and 1 quarterback hit in a 35-26 loss at Green Bay

Week 10: Blocks an extra point and totals 5 tackles in blowout loss to Houston

Week 9: Released by Patriots

OL Mark LeVoir (Ravens/Rams)

Week 16: Dresses as a reserve in a 27-0 road loss to the Steelers

Week 15: Inactive in a 20-13 home loss to the Bengals

Week 14: Starts at left tackle in the team's Monday Night Football game at Seattle

Week 13: Dresses as a reserve in a 26-0 road loss to the 49ers

Week 12: Inactive in a 23-20 home loss to the Cardinals

Week 11: Starts at left tackle in a 24-7 home loss to the Saints

Week 10: Dresses as a reserve in 13-12 road win over the Browns

Week 9: Bye

Week 8: Signed by the Rams; dresses as a backup in 31-21 home win over Saints

Week 7: Released

Week 6: Inactive in a 29-14 win over the Texans

Week 5: Bye

Week 4: Dresses as a backup in a 34-17 home win over the Jets

Week 3: Inactive in a 37-7 win at St. Louis

Week 2: Starts at left guard in a 26-13 loss at Tennessee

Week 1: Active as a backup in 35-7 win over Steelers

OL Steve Maneri (Chiefs)

Week 16: Starts as a big tight end in a 16-13 home loss in overtime to the Raiders

Week 15: Dresses as a reserve in a 19-14 home win over the previously unbeaten Packers

Week 14: Dresses as a reserve in a 37-10 road loss to the Jets

Week 13: Dresses as a reserve in a 10-3 road win over the Bears; being used as a big blocking tight end at times

Week 12: Dresses and catches a pass as an eligible receiver in a 13-9 home loss to the Steelers, with Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu injured on the play

Week 11: Inactive in a 34-3 road loss to the Patriots

Week 10: Inactive in 17-10 home loss to the Broncos

Week 9: Inactive in a 31-3 home loss to the Dolphins

Week 8: Inactive in Monday Night Football game against Chargers

Week 7: Inactive in a 28-0 road win over the Raiders

Week 6: Bye

Week 5: Inactive in a 28-24 road win over the Colts

Week 4: Inactive in a 22-17 home win over the Vikings

Week 3: Inactive in a 20-17 loss at San Diego

Week 2: Inactive in 48-3 loss at Detroit

Week 1: Dresses but does not play in 41-7 loss to Bills

S Brandon Meriweather (Bears)

Week 16: Dresses as a reserve in a 35-21 road loss to the Packers; doesn't register on the stat sheet

Week 15: Dresses as a reserve and totals 6 tackles, tied for second on the team, in a 38-14 home loss to the Seahawks

Week 14: Dresses but does not register a tackle in a 13-10 road loss to the Broncos

Week 13: Dresses but does not play in a 10-3 home loss to the Chiefs

Week 12: Plays in a reserve role in a 25-20 road loss to the Raiders; 1 assisted tackle

Week 11: Plays in a reserve role in 31-20 home win over the Chargers; totals 3 tackles

Week 10: Plays in a reserve role in win over Lions; totals 3 tackles

Week 9: Plays in a reserve role in win over Eagles; doesn't show up on stat sheet

Week 8: Bye

Week 7: Active but does not play in a 24-18 win over the Buccaneers in London

Week 6: Dresses but does not play in a 39-10 home win over the Vikings

Week 5: Starts at free safety and totals 3 tackles; chases multiple plays in secondary to no avail

Week 4: Starts at free safety and totals 7 tackles and 1 pass defended in a 34-29 home win over the Panthers

Week 3: Starts at free safety and finishes with 3 tackles and 1 pass defended in a 27-17 home loss to the Packers

Week 2: Starts at free safety (with Chris Harris inactive) and finishes with 4 tackles in a 30-13 loss at New Orleans

Week 1: Plays in a reserve role and finishes with 2 tackles as Bears roll over the Falcons, 30-12

RB Sammy Morris (Cowboys)

Week 16: Leads the Cowboys with 13 carries and totals 29 yards in a 20-7 home loss to the Eagles; adds four catches for 10 yards

Week 15: Signs with Cowboys after DeMarco Murray injury and rushes for 53 yards on 12 carries in 31-15 road win over Buccaneers

WR Taylor Price (Jaguars)

Week 16: Dresses but does not play in a 24-17 road loss to the Titans

Week 15: Finishes with 2 receptions for a team-high 39 yards in a 41-14 road loss to the Falcons

Week 14: Inactive in a 41-14 home win over the Buccaneers

S James Sanders (Falcons)

Week 16: Dresses as a reserve in 45-16 road loss to Saints and totals 1 special teams tackle

Week 15: Returns to a reserve role and doesn't show up on the stat sheet in a 41-14 home win over the Jaguars

Week 14: Starts in a 31-23 win at Carolina and totals 1 tackle

Week 13: Starts in a 17-10 loss at Houston; totals 10 tackles and recovers a fumble

Week 12: Starts again at safety because of injuries; totals 8 tackles in 24-14 home win over Vikings

Week 11: Starts at safety in place of injured William Moore in 23-17 home win over Titans; totals 4 tackles

Week 10: Starts at safety in place of injured William Moore and finishes with 5 tackles in overtime loss to Saints

Week 9: Comes on after injury to William Moore and finishes with 1 tackle in 31-7 road win over Colts

Week 8: Bye

Week 7: Active but does not show up on the stat sheet in a 23-16 road win at Detroit

Week 6: Inactive in 31-17 win over the Panthers

Week 5: Plays in a reserve role in a 25-14 home loss to the Packers; finishes with 4 tackles and 1 pass defended

Week 4: Plays as a reserve in a 30-28 road win over the Seahawks, credited with a pass defended and special teams tackle

Week 3: Plays as a reserve in a 16-13 loss at Tampa and doesn't register on the stat sheet

Week 2: Starts at safety in a 35-31 home win over the Eagles, and totals 3 tackles

Week 1: Doesn't start and doesn't show up on the stat sheet in Falcons' 30-12 loss to the Bears

TE Lee Smith (Bills)

Week 16: Does not play; placed on season-ending injured reserve after sustaining an ankle injury in Week 15 loss to Dolphins

Week 15: Starts but doesn't show up on stat sheet in 30-23 home loss to the Dolphins

Week 14: With top TE Scott Chandler inactive, gets the start in a 37-10 road loss to the Chargers; totals 1 reception for no gain

Week 13: Records the first 3 receptions of his NFL career (for 11 yards) in a 23-17 home loss to Titans, playing behind Scott Chandler

Week 12: Gets his first career start with Bills opening in two-TE package; doesn't show up on stat sheet in 28-24 road loss to Jets

Week 11: Inactive in a 35-8 road loss to the Dolphins

Week 10: Active in a blowout loss to the Cowboys; doesn't show up on stat sheet

Week 9: Active in a 27-11 home loss to the Jets; doesn't show up on stat sheet

Week 8: Active in a 23-0 win over the Redskins in Toronto; doesn't show up on stat sheet

Week 7: Bye

Week 6: Active in a 27-24 road loss to the Giants; doesn't show up on stat sheet

Week 5: Active in a 31-24 home win over the Eagles; doesn't show up on stat sheet

Week 4: Active in a 23-20 road loss to the Bengals; doesn't show up on stat sheet

Week 3: Inactive in 34-31 home win over the Patriots

Week 2: Inactive in 38-35 home win over the Raiders

Week 1: Rookie is inactive in 41-7 win over the Chiefs

WR Brandon Tate (Bengals)

Week 16: Two kickoff returns for 40 yards, and one punt return for 2 yards in a 23-16 home win over Cardinals

Week 15: Four kickoff returns for 101 yards and 2 punt returns for 71 yards in 20-13 road win over Rams

Week 14: Two kickoff returns for 33 yards and 1 fair catch on a punt in a 20-19 home loss to the Texans

Week 13: Four kickoff returns for 103 yards and 5 punt returns for 54 yards in a 35-7 road loss to Steelers; loses a fumble on one kickoff return

Week 12: Four kickoff returns for 90 yards and 2 punt returns for minus-5 yards in 23-20 home win over Browns

Week 11: Four punt returns for 24 yards in 31-24 road loss to Ravens

Week 10: Two kickoff returns for 56 yards and four punt returns for 43 yards in 24-17 loss to the Steelers

Week 9: Three kickoff returns for 51 yards and 5 punt returns for 9 yards in a 24-17 win at Tennessee

Week 8: Scores on a 56-yard punt return in a 34-12 win at Seattle; adds four kickoff returns for 113 yards

Week 7: Bye

Week 6: Two punt returns for 35 yards (long of 33); 2 kickoff returns for 55 yards in a 27-17 home win over Colts

Week 5: Three punt returns for 43 yards; 3 kickoff returns for 76 yards

Week 4: Returns 7 punts for 69 yards in 23-20 home win over the Bills; adds 3 kickoff returns for 66 yards

Week 3: Returns 3 punts for 31 yards with 3 fair catches; 2 kickoff returns for 50 yards

Week 2: Returns five punts for 29 yards (5.8 avg.) in a 24-22 loss at Denver; no kickoff returns as all were touchbacks

Week 1: Handles punt returns and kickoff returns in 27-17 win over Browns; finishes with 1 punt return for 15 yards and 3 fair catches, and has four kickoff returns for 92 yards, with a long of 35

CB Jonathan Wilhite (Broncos)

Week 16: Leads the Broncos with two special teams tackles in a 40-14 road loss to the Bills

Week 15: Dresses but does not register any statistics in a 41-23 home loss to the Patriots

Week 14: Dresses but does not register any statistics in a 13-10 home win over the Bears

Week 13: Dresses and records one special teams tackle in a 35-32 road win over the Vikings

Week 12: Dresses for 16-13 road win over Chargers; doesn't show up on stat sheet

Week 11: Dresses for 17-13 home win over Jets; doesn't show up on stat sheet

Week 10: Dresses for 17-10 road win over Chiefs; doesn't show up on stat sheet

Week 9: Dresses for a 38-24 road win over the Raiders; doesn't show up on stat sheet

Week 8: Plays in a scaled-back reserve role and totals 1 tackle in a 45-10 home loss to the Lions

Week 7: Starts as a fifth defensive back; leads team with 11 tackles and adds 1 quarterback hit in 18-15 win at Miami

Week 6: Bye

Week 5: Inactive in 29-24 loss to the Chargers at home.

Week 4: Nickelback gets the start in a 49-23 loss at Green Bay, finishes with four tackles and an interception

Week 3: Active as a reserve and registers a sack, 2 quarterback hits, 1 pass defended and 6 tackles in a 17-14 loss at Tennessee

Week 2: Active as a reserve and registers a sack and 4 tackles in a 24-22 home win over the Bengals

Week 1: Active as a reserve and doesn't register on the stat sheet in a 23-20 home loss to the Raiders

TE Will Yeatman (Dolphins)

Week 16: Starts and is targeted with one pass (incomplete) in a 27-24 road loss to Patriots

Week 15: Dresses for first NFL game; doesn't show up on stat sheet in 30-23 road win over Bills

Week 14: Inactive in a 26-10 home loss to the Eagles

Week 13: Inactive in a 34-14 home win over the Raiders

Week 12: Inactive in a 20-19 road loss to the Cowboys

Week 11: Inactive in a 35-8 home win over the Bills

Week 10: Inactive in a 20-9 home win over the Redskins

Week 9: Inactive in a 31-3 road win over the Chiefs

Week 8: Inactive in a 20-17 loss at the Giants

Week 7: Inactive in an 18-15 home loss to the Broncos

Week 6: Inactive vs. Jets

Week 5: Bye

Week 4: Inactive in a 26-16 loss at San Diego

Week 3: Inactive in a 17-16 loss at Cleveland

Week 2: Inactive in 23-13 loss to the Texans

Week 1: Inactive in season-opening 38-24 loss to the Patriots