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 Latest Patriots Player Notes
Jul 25 2014 - Roy Finch
  RB Roy Finch passed his physical Thursday July 25) and was removed from active/physically unable to perform by the Browns..


Jul 24 2014 - Greg Orton
  WR Greg Orton was signed by the Patriots Wednesday (July 23).


Jul 23 2014 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski, who had set a goal of returning from a torn anterior cruciate ligament by September, was fully cleared for training camp. The first team practice is scheduled for Thursday, and coach Bill Belichick confirmed Gronkowski will be on the field, not on the physically unable to perform list. "He's been here," coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday at Gillette Stadium. "He would be ineligible to (appear on PUP list) because he's been cleared to play." Gronkowski hurt his knee Week 14 against the Cleveland Browns. His entire 2013 calendar year was filled by injuries and rehab, including multiple surgeries on his forearm and a procedure on his back. He missed six games in 2013 and was limited into the regular season. The 25 year old, who also had back issues at the University of Arizona, is a two-time Pro Bowl selection with 42 career touchdown receptions since entering the NFL as a second-round pick in 2010. "It's a positive," guard Logan Mankins said. "We were all hoping Gronk would have a good recovery and so far he has. We'll just see where he is and how good he is right now. It's great to have him out there. He's a dynamic blocker. He does a great job blocking and he's a big target for Tom (Brady) to get the ball to when he gets open. Any time you can have Gronk on the field, it's great." Belichick did not disclose a snap count or any limitations for Gronkowski in training camp, but it's possible he'll be a spectator for preseason games. "Rob has always worked hard," Belichick said. "He worked hard as a rookie, so he has always worked hard when he's here. I can't speak for the rest of the time, but from what we've seen he has been consistent."


Jul 22 2014 - Matthew Slater
  WR Matthew Slater was declared active/physically unable to perform by the Patriots Monday (July 21).


Jul 22 2014 - Tommy Kelly
  DL Tommy Kelly (knee) was declared active/physically unable to perform by the Patriots Monday (July 21).


Jul 22 2014 - Jeremy Gallon
  WR Jeremy Gallon was declared active/physically unable to perform by the Patriots Monday (July 21).


Jul 22 2014 - Aaron Dobson
  WR Aaron Dobson (foot) was declared active/physically unable to perform by the Patriots Monday (July 21).


Jul 22 2014 - Alfonzo Dennard
  CB Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder) was declared active/physically unable to perform by the Patriots Monday (July 21).


Jul 22 2014 - Deontae Skinner
  LB Deontae Skinner was declared active/non-football injury by the Patriots Monday (July 21).


Jul 22 2014 - Chris Martin
  T Chris Martin was declared active/non-football injury by the Patriots Monday (July 21).


Jul 22 2014 - Roy Finch
  RB Roy Finch was declared active/non-football injury by the Patriots Monday (July 21).


Jul 22 2014 - Dominique Easley
  DL Dominique Easley was declared active/non-football injury by the Patriots Monday (July 21).


Jul 22 2014 - Eathyn Manumaleuna
  DT Eathyn Manumaleuna was signed by the Patriots Monday (July 21). Manumaleuna, 25, was originally signed by the New York Giants as a rookie free agent out of Brigham Young on May 12, 2014. The 6-foot-2, 305-pounder, was released by the Giants on June 19, 2014. He played as a true freshman for BYU in 2007 and then served a two-year mission. He returned to the starting lineup in 2010. After suffering an injury early in the year as senior in 2010, Manumaleuna was granted a medical redshirt year after suffering an injury early in the year as a senior in 2012 and came back to start all 13 games in 2013. He finished his college career playing in 56 games and finishing with 143 total tackles and 5.5 sacks.


Jul 20 2014 - Derrick Johnson
  WR Derrick Johnson was signed by the Patriots. Johnson, 22, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent on May 19 out of Maine. He was released by the Patriots on June 9. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder had 60 receptions for 608 yards and two touchdowns as a senior in 2013. Johnson finished his college career with 116 receptions for 1,165 yards and four touchdowns.


Jul 20 2014 - Nate Byham
  TE Nate Byham was signed by the Patriots. Byham, 26, is a veteran of four NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers (2010-11) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012-13). The 6-foot-4, 264-pounder, originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick by San Francisco out of Pittsburgh in 2010. He was signed by Tampa Bay on Oct. 2, 2012 after being released by San Francisco on Aug. 16, 2012. In his four NFL seasons, Byham has played 29 games with 11 starts and has totaled 11 receptions for 83 yards and one touchdown. Last season in Tampa Bay, Byham was limited to four games and finished with three receptions for 38 yards. He became an unrestricted free agent in March and wasn't issued a tender June 1.


Jun 24 2014 - Chris Martin
  T Chris Martin was signed by the Patriots Monday.


Jun 23 2014 - Eathyn Manumaleuna
  DT Eathyn Manumaleuna was waived by the Giants June 19.


Jun 20 2014 - Dominique Easley
  DT Dominique Easley, New England's first-round pick, made his practice-field debut in front of the media on the final day of the Patriots' minicamp. Easley got right to work in drills with his defensive line teammates, showing no signs of limitations as he comes back from a torn ACL that cost him the bulk of his final season at Florida. Wearing a surgical sock on his right leg, Easley showed good burst and footwork in drills as he got to work for the first time in New England.


Jun 19 2014 - Dominique Easley
  DT Dominique Easley, New England's first-round pick, made his practice-field debut in front of the media on the final day of the Patriots' minicamp. Easley got right to work in drills with his defensive line teammates, showing no signs of limitations as he comes back from a torn ACL that cost him the bulk of his final season at Florida. Wearing a surgical sock on his right leg, Easley showed good burst and footwork in drills as he got to work for the first time in New England.


Jun 10 2014 - Derrick Johnson
  WR Derrick Johnson was waived by the Patriots June 9.


Jun 6 2014 - Brandon LaFell
  WR Brandon LaFell is learning a new system in his first year in New England. He's also learning a new way to work. "It's not like we didn't work hard in Carolina," said the former Panther. "But we work a little bit harder here." Part of that work is lining up opposite Darrelle Revis in practice. "He's one of the better cornerbacks in this league," LaFell said of his fellow first-year Patriots teammate. "He works his butt off and he makes you work too. If you are out there playing around he'll make you look stupid on film. And you don't want that."


Jun 4 2014 - James Anderson
  LB Jmes Anderson, who wasn't tendered June 1 as a UFA by the Bears, was signed by the Patriots June 4.


Jun 1 2014 - Darrelle Revis
  CB Darrelle Revis practiced before the media for the first time during Friday's OTA workout. Afterward, the Pro-Bowl cover man talked about the process of truly becoming a Patriot and getting up to speed on the defense in which he'll be expected to play a starring role this fall. "It feels great," Revis said of getting used to playing with a Patriots logo. "I'm just taking my time, one day at a time. Just working. That's basically it. This is a new adventure for me. I'm just happy to be part of the Patriots organization. I've known them from playing in New York for six years. From the inside out, it's totally different. There are things you didn't expect about this organization, from top to bottom. You have to take your hat off to (owner Robert) Kraft for how this organization operates. It's a winning organization. I'm happy they've given me an opportunity to be part of it." In typical Patriots fashion, Revis wasn't looking to make any projections as to how good the new-look New England team, or defense, could be in 2014. "Can't put any predictions on it," Revis said. "We're in the beginning stages of practice. Still got a lot of work to do. The good thing is we still have time to get better. When the preseason comes, we'll be ready to go."


Jun 1 2014 - Dax Swanson
  CB Dax Swanson was signed by the Patriots May 22.


Jun 1 2014 - Greg Orton
  WR Greg Orton was waived by the Patriots May 22.


Jun 1 2014 - Chris Martin
  T Chris Martin was waived from reserve/injured with an injury settlement by the Texans May 27. He had been placed on reserve/injured May 20, one day after being waived/injured.


Jun 1 2014 - Darius Fleming
  LS Darius Fleming was signed by the Patriots May 16.


May 31 2014 - Dax Swanson
  CB Dax Swanson was waived by the 49ers on May 12.


May 31 2014 - Darius Fleming
  LB Darius Fleming was waived by the 49ers on May 12.


May 7 2014 - Will Smith
  DE Will Smith was signed by the Patriots May 5. Smith, 32, is a veteran of 10 NFL seasons with the New Orleans Saints (2004-13) after joining the team as a first-round draft pick (18th overall) out of Ohio State in 2004. The 6-foot-3, 282-pounder was released by the Saints on Feb. 12. Smith has played in 139 NFL games with 120 starts and has accumulated 457 total tackles, 67.5 sacks, 25 passes defensed, two interceptions, 20 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. He has started in eight postseason games and added 22 total tackles, one interception and one forced fumble. Smith was named to the Pro Bowl in 2006 after finishing with a career-high 10.5 sacks. Smith spent the entire 2013 season on injured reserve with a knee injury suffered during training camp. Smith was due $11.55 million in salary and bonuses in 2014 before being released by the Saints.


Apr 30 2014 - Josh Hull
  LB Josh Hull was signed by the Patriots April 24.


Apr 30 2014 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski is recovering from a torn ACL and surgery in December. Given his recent run of injuries, the former All-Pro is not making any promises regarding his return. "I'm actually improving every week. It's feeling good and coming along very well," Gronkowski told WAAF-FM's Hill-Man Show on Tuesday. Last offseason, Gronkowski was a regular in the operating room. He required multiple surgeries to repair back and forearm injuries -- and clear up an infection that became a major setback and kept him out of the 2013 season opener -- and is being cautious not to encounter unwanted delays this time around. "When it's the same thing 15 weeks straight, it starts to get tough," Gronkowski said. "But you just have to stay mentally tough and stay physically strong and keep going in and keep grinding. It's been a while now and I'm just super excited to get this season rolling and get back out there on the field. I know it's another few more months away, so I have more time to keep on recovering and keep on getting in shape." Gronkowski would not say he will be ready for training camp or even the 2014 regular-season opener. He underwent surgery on Jan. 9 for ACL reconstruction and in February had his torn MCL repaired. "Oh man, that's too far away," Gronkowski said about playing in September. "I'm just improving every day right now. I'm working hard every day to put myself in the best situation so that I'm ready."


Apr 8 2014 - Josh Hull
  LB Josh Hull had his contract terminated by the Redskins Monday.


Apr 7 2014 - Ryan Wendell
  C Ryan Wendell was re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Patriots March 31.


Apr 7 2014 - Julian Edelman
  WR Julian was re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Patriots March 18.


Apr 3 2014 - Brandon LaFell
  WR Brandon LaFell was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Patriots from the Panthers March 17.


Apr 3 2014 - Darrelle Revis
  CB Darrelle Revis was signed by the Patriots March 17.


Apr 3 2014 - Brandon Browner
  CB Brandon Browner was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Patriots from the Seahawks March 15.


Apr 3 2014 - Patrick Chung
  S Patrick Chung, who was released by the Philadelphia Eagles last month, was signed by the Patriots. Chung lasted just one year into a three-year, $10 million contract signed with the Eagles in 2013. Chung, 26, spent four seasons with New England (2009-12) after joining the team as a second-round draft pick (34th overall) out of Oregon in 2009. The 5-foot-11, 210-pounder signed with the Eagles as an unrestricted free agent on March 12, 2013. He was released by Philadelphia on March 11. Chung has played in 62 NFL games with 40 starts and has registered 291 total tackles, seven interceptions, 22 passes defensed and one fumble recovery. He has played in eight postseason games with five starts and has added 23 total tackles. Chung played in 50 games with 30 starts during his first four seasons with New England and accumulated 235 total tackles, seven interceptions and 19 passes defensed. He blocked a punt and a field goal in the same game at Miami on Oct. 4, 2010, and finished that season with a career-best 89 total tackles. Last season in Philadelphia, Chung played in 12 games with 10 starts and finished with 56 total tackles, three passes defensed and one fumble recovery. He started in the Eagles' postseason game against the New Orleans Saints on Jan. 4 and finished with four total tackles.


Apr 1 2014 - Michael Hoomanawanui
  TE Michael Hoomanawanui was re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Patriots March 12.


Apr 1 2014 - Darrelle Revis
  CB Darrelle Revis had his contract terminated by the Buccaneers March 12.


Apr 1 2014 - Patrick Chung
  S Patrick Chung had his contract terminated by the Eagles March 11.


Mar 5 2014 - Brandon Browner
  CB Brandon Browner was officially reinstated by the NFL, but he will be suspended for the first four games of the 2014 regular season and pay an additional four-game fine, the league and NFLPA jointly announced Wednesday. Browner, who played the last three seasons with the Seahawks after playing four seasons in the Canadian Football League, is now free to sign with any NFL team when free agency starts next week. The NFL and the players association announced the negotiated compromise, which staved off litigation that would have challenged the league's decision to discipline Browner for missing drug tests while he wasn't playing in the NFL. The joint statement read: "The NFL and NFL Players Association have agreed to conditionally reinstate Brandon Browner from his indefinite suspension under the Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse. "Browner was suspended without pay for the Seattle Seahawks' final five games of the 2013 season, including the playoffs. His contract with the Seahawks expires at the end of the 2013 League Year on March 11. He will be eligible to sign with a club and participate in offseason and preseason activities. "Should he comply with the terms of the Substance Abuse Policy and Program, he will be fully reinstated after serving a four-game suspension without pay at the start of the 2014 regular season and forfeiting an additional four weeks of pay."


Mar 4 2014 - Brandon Browner
  CB Brandon Browner wrote on Twitter that his suspension was lifted by the NFL, though the league made no official announcement Tuesday. Under an indefinite suspension, Browner missed the Seattle Seahawks' final two regular-season games and three playoff games last season. He played in just half of Seattle's regular-season games in 2013, missing time due to a groin injury. Agent Peter Schaffer said Tuesday, "Obviously cooler heads prevailed. The NFL and Brandon put Brandon's career above all else." Browner will become an unrestricted free agent on March 11. Browner tweeted, "I received wonderful news today. The NFL has reinstated me, and I now have the opportunity to prove to the fans and my teammates how important this sport is to me. I realize now more than ever that being part of the NFL is not a right, but a privilege. I am grateful that Commissioner (Roger) Goodell and my agent were able to resolve this issue in a positive, productive manner so I can continue my career, provide for my family, and help my team win a Super Bowl. Thank you to all who have gone out of their way to show their support. I will live up to your expectations of me." After Browner was suspended last year, he said he was unfairly placed in Stage 3 of the NFL's testing program because of missed tests while he was playing in the Canadian Football League. The planned lawsuit reportedly would have targeted the NFL's policy banning marijuana, which is legal in Washington and Colorado. Browner refused a deal with the NFL that could have reduced his suspension to one year in November. A Pro Bowl cornerback in 2011, Browner drew a check and will receive a Super Bowl ring from the Seahawks, he said in February.


Mar 2 2014 - Alfonzo Dennard
  CB Alfonzo Dennard reported to a Lincoln, Neb., jail to start serving a sentence for a 2012 assault on a police officer, according to ESPN.com. Corrections officers with the Lancaster County Adult Detention Facility, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to jail policy, told ESPN that Dennard reported to the facility Saturday morning, March 1. Dennard, 24, will serve at least 35 of the 60-day sentence. A judge sentenced the former Nebraska star in April to two years probation, 30 days in jail and community service for assaulting an officer and resisting arrest outside a Lincoln bar just days before the 2012 draft. The judge later doubled Dennard's jail time after he was arrested on suspicion of DUI, which was dismissed after a plea bargain.


Feb 26 2014 - Brandon Browner
  CB Brandon Browner will file a federal lawsuit against the league next week in Colorado. According to multiple reports, Browner's agent, Peter Schaffer, is scheduled to file the suit on his client's behalf. Browner hopes to be granted unrestricted free-agent rights, claiming he wasn't aware of his responsibility under the collective bargaining agreement to submit to three drug tests he missed while out of the league. The Seattle Post Intelligencer reported Wednesday the lawsuit includes "administrative complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming that the NFL's overall approach to players who chronically test positive for marijuana violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. Browner is expected to argue that the NFL at a minimum views players who repeatedly violate the policy as being addicted to marijuana, and that the league's handling of those players violates the duty to provide a reasonable accommodation." Browner recently told USA Today, "It totally sucks. If (you thought) I had a problem, you should be helping me." Browner was suspended indefinitely and will claim he was unfairly placed in Stage 3 of the NFL's testing program because of missed tests while he was playing in the Canadian Football League. Schaffer told USA Today, "He was out of the league in 2006 and 2007. That opens up a whole new can of worms. They're trying to put punishment on Brandon for not going to drug tests when he wasn't in the league, tests he wasn't even informed he was supposed to take." He refused a deal with the NFL that could have reduced his suspension to one year in November.


Feb 25 2014 - Darrelle Revis
  CB Darrelle Revis is looking forward to the 2014 season when he believes he will be a lot healthier than he was this past season after coming back a torn ACL suffered early in the 2012 season. "I'm 100 percent; I feel real great," Revis said. You know, through the course of the year it got stronger week to week. And I'm just trying to continue to improve and get back to where I used to play great ball." When asked if fans should expect him to play better this year, Revis said, "Yes they can. Yes they can."


Feb 25 2014 - Will Smith
  DE Will Smith was released by the Saints with the designation failed physical. Smith (6-3, 282) is a 10-year NFL veteran who was selected by the Saints in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft. The former Ohio State first-team All-American made an immediate impact on the Saints as a rookie, recording 7.5 sacks and five forced fumbles. Smith appeared in 139 career games with 120 starts for the Saints and posted career totals of 363 tackles, 67.5 sacks, two interceptions, 24 passes defensed, 19 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries.


Jan 21 2014 - Alfonzo Dennard
  CB Alfonzo Dennard was shaken up with a shoulder injury against Denver, but played through the injury that has been bothering him for weeks.


Jan 21 2014 - Kenbrell Thompkins
  WR Kenbrell Thompkins did not play against the Broncos due to a hip injury and a concussion.



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