Patriots place Brissett on IR, making room for Brady, Ninkovich

Patriots place Brissett on IR, making room for Brady, Ninkovich

FOXBORO -- The Patriots now have the requisite amount of space on their active roster for both Tom Brady and Rob Ninkovich play in this weekend's game against the Browns. 

New England placed rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett on injured reserve, freeing up one roster spot, and leaving the Patriots with a total of 51 players on their active roster. The news was first reported by ESPN.

Brady and Ninkovich, both coming off of four-game suspensions to start the season, spent the week on the exempt list and did not take up slots on the active roster. With Brissett headed to IR -- and with the release of tight end Clay Harbor earlier this week -- the team can now activate both Brady and Ninkovich, making them eligible to take on Cleveland. 

Brissett suffered a thumb injury against the Texans in Week 3, yet he practiced all of last week leading up to Sunday's loss to the Bills. Against Buffalo, Brissett completed 17-of-27 pass attempts for 205 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. He also fumbled the football in Bills territory after taking a hard shot from Bills linebacker Zach Brown -- one of several big hits Brissett absorbed during the game. 

Brissett had thumb surgery on Friday, according to the Boston Globe.

Brissett was limited in Wednesday and Thursday's practices with a right thumb injury, and he was not present for the start of Friday's practice. On Wednesday, during the media-availability period of practice in which both Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo threw warm-up passes, Brissett did not make any attempts. 

That Brissett has been placed on injured reserve has not necessarily ended his season. Teams are allowed to designate one player to return off of injured reserve, but they no longer have to designate the player to return as soon as he is placed on IR. Teams can now monitor a player's progress as he recovers and then choose whether or not they would like to designate him as their player to return, activating him after eight weeks.

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did.