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Patriots sign former Giants guard Petrus

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Patriots sign former Giants guard Petrus

The Patriots have signed former Giants guard Mitch Petrus, according to a source.

Petrus will give New England some help on the offensive line after it lost both Logan Mankins and Dan Connolly to injury in Sunday's 37-31 win over the Bills.

Mankins left in the third quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. Connolly was knocked out of the game in the second quarter with a back injury.

The Patriots also re-signed linebacker Jeff Tarpinian to the practice squad, releasing linebacker Jerrell Harris to make room.

Red Sox give Alex Cora contract extension with club option

Red Sox give Alex Cora contract extension with club option

Alex Cora's first season as Red Sox manager couldn't have gone any better. A franchise-record 108 wins. A dominating postseason run, culminating in the ninth World Series in club history.

On Wednesday, the Sox rewarded Cora for his efforts, agreeing to terms on a new contract that includes an extension through the 2021 season with a club option for 2022. 

“Since day one, John and Linda Henry, Tom Werner, Mike Gordon, Sam Kennedy, and Dave Dombrowski have been incredibly supportive of me and my family, and for that I am extremely grateful,” said Cora in the team's official press release. “For me, 2018 was not only historic, but it was special as well, both on and off the field. We have a great appreciation for our accomplishments this past year, but now our focus moves forward to the season ahead and defending our World Series title.”

“Alex did a tremendous job for our club all year long and we wanted to reward him for his efforts after an amazing season,” said Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski. “We are extremely happy that he will be with us and leading our club on the field.”

Cora finished second in the A.L. Manager of the Year voting, but still led the Sox to 108 wins in his rookie season, the second-most by a first-year manager in MLB history.

“We have consistently been impressed by Alex at every turn,” Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner said. “His knowledge of the game, ability to connect with our players, and his incredible instincts and decisiveness led us to an historic championship season. We know we are in good hands, and could not be more pleased to know he will be with us for the foreseeable future.”

 

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Patriots Sign Linebacker Ramon Humber To 53-Man Roster

Patriots Sign Linebacker Ramon Humber To 53-Man Roster

The New England Patriots bolstered their linebacker depth Wednesday with the signing of 10-year veteran Ramon Humber to the 53-man roster.

The details of Humber's contract were not released by the team. 

This isn't Humber's first stint with the Patriots. New England signed him in March of 2016, but he was released in August of that year before playing a regular-season game for the Pats. 

The 31-year-old veteran was cut by the Buffalo Bills on Saturday. He tallied nine tackles in nine games with the Bills this season. Humber has posted 234 tackles, 4.5 sacks and five passes defensed over 130 career NFL games. Humber has plenty of experience on special teams, so he could find a role in that phase for Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

Humber wore No. 50 at Patriots practice Wednesday.

The Patriots are on a bye in Week 11 and resume their regular-season schedule in Week 12 at the New York Jets. 

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