The Patriots re-signed veteran cornerback Marquice Cole on Tuesday. Also, rookie safety Kanorris Davis cleared waivers after being waived Monday and is expected to be re-signed to the team's practice squad.
The moves are related, as Davis had been promoted to the active roster on Saturday, mainly to fill Cole's special-teams duties. Cole had injured his hamstring and wasn't available for Sunday night's 30-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons, which led to his release last Friday.
On Sunday, Davis played on each of the "Big 4" special-teams units -- kickoff return, kickoff coverage, punt return and punt coverage. He had one penalty, for illegal formation.
The Patriots don't have to release a player to make room for Cole, as they had an open spot on their 53-man roster after waiving Davis on Monday. The team also has an open spot on its practice squad.