Patriots adding defensive end Andre Carter


Patriots adding defensive end Andre Carter

By Tom E. Curran Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
The Patriots have made another move to bolster their pass rush. They have added Andre Carter, a former seventh-overall pick, who was with the Redskins the past five seasons.
The team confirmed Monday that the deal has been completed.
Carter tweeted Sunday night, "I am proud to announce that I will be playing for the New England Patriots for the 2011 season. Thanks you for your prayers and support."Carter, 32, is a classic 4-3 defensive end who had 11 sacks for Washington in 2009. Last year, Washington switched to the 3-4 and Carter played left outside linebacker. He started just five games and had 2.5 sacks. Drafted one pick behind Richard Seymour in 2001, he hasn't missed a game since 2004. He had 36 sacks from 2005 through 2009. With the addition of the versatile defensive lineman Shaun Ellis earlier Sunday and former Bear Mark Anderson earlier in the week, the Patriots keep loading up on would-be pass rushers. Between those players, Albert Haynesworth (a teammate of Carter's in Washington), Vince Wilfork, Mike Wright, Eric Moore, Jermaine Cunningham, Rob Ninkovich and Marques Murrell, the Patriots are firing bodies - many of them large - at what has been a shortcoming for their defense the past few seasons. It's going to turn into an interesting numbers game as this preseason moves along, especially with the fleet of young defensive tackles (Kyle Love, Myron Pryor, Ron Brace and Brandon Deaderick) the team also is currently carrying. The team also made a couple of minor moves, releasing first-year corner Thad Turner and placing rookie free agent offensive lineman Kyle Hix on injured reserve.

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Patriots-Dolphins injury report: Cutler out for Dolphins


Patriots-Dolphins injury report: Cutler out for Dolphins

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Dolphins game:


C David Andrews (illness)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
WR Chris Hogan (shoulder)

TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring)

WR Danny Amendola (knee)
DT Malcom Brown (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)

QB Tom Brady (Achilles)
TE Rob Gronkowski (illness)


G Jermon Bushrod (foot)
DE William Hayes (back)
QB Jay Cutler (concussion)

T Laremy Tunsill (illness)
LB Stephone Anthony (quadriceps)
S Maurice Smith (illness)

RB Senorise Perry (knee)
S Michael Thomas (knee)
DT Ndamukong Suh (not injury related)

Tom Brady: Achilles injury 'nothing to worry about'


Tom Brady: Achilles injury 'nothing to worry about'

FOXBORO — Within 30 seconds of his Friday press conference beginning, Tom Brady was talking about biscuits. That should tell you how small a deal he considers the Achilles tendon issue that kept him out of Wednesday’s practice. 

Brady practiced for the second consecutive day Friday, after which he confirmed that he will be good to go Sunday against the Dolphins. 


“I feel great. Ready to go, so I’ll be excited for Sunday and it feels good to get a little extra treatment,” Brady said. “I’m feeling great this time of year. It will be a fun week. Nothing to worry about.”

After that, Brady spoke about the aforementioned Thanksgiving biscuits of which he posted pictures on Instagram. He said they were good. Rob Gronkowski said he wanted some and that there would be “problems” if Brady didn’t bring any in for him. Everyone got a real kick out of it. 

It’s hard to imagine Brady’s status for Sunday actually being up in the air. He has gone 134 consecutive regular-season games without missing time due to injury. His only absence in that span came in the form of last season’s four-game suspension for Deflategate.