Patriots release Salas, activate Zusevics


Patriots release Salas, activate Zusevics

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Four hours before kickoff, the Patriots announced Markus Zusevics' activation to the 53-man roster from the reservenon-football injury list. 
The team also released wide receiver Greg Salas. 
Zusevics, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive lineman out of Iowa, was signed as a rookie free agent on May 10 of this year. The 23-year-old was designated a reserve on August 27. 
The Patriots have lately been lacking for depth along the line. Left guard Logan Mankins was ruled out Wednesday for tonight's game, and three others -- guard Dan Connolly, tackle Sebastian Vollmer, and Nick McDonald -- were on the injury report as "questionable." Connolly was inactive for last Sunday's game against the Colts. 
As for Salas, his only snaps of the season came against Indianapolis, and there were six at that. He's been yo-yo'd between the practice squad, inactive list, and 53-man roster since New England traded for him with St Louis on September 1. 

Whether Goodell visits Foxboro or not, Patriots players say they don't care


Whether Goodell visits Foxboro or not, Patriots players say they don't care

FOXBORO -- Roger Goodell will reportedly be in Atlanta for the NFC Championship Game this weekend and therefore will miss the AFC title game between the Patriots and Steelers at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. His absence will mean he hasn't been to a Patriots game in more than two years, when he was present for the AFC title game in 2015 -- the birth of Deflategate. 

It's news that broke on Tuesday and sent some Patriots fans into an uproar. Patriots players, though, sound like they're having a hard time caring one way or the other.

"He’s the commissioner, so obviously whatever he wants to do, he can do," Tom Brady told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Monday. "If he wants to come, that would be -- yeah, he can come."

In the Patriots locker room on Tuesday, others struck a similar tone.

"I could care less," said Patriots receiver Chris Hogan. "I'm focused on Pittsburgh and their defense and studying them as much as I can this week, watching them as much as I can so that I can go out there on Sunday and be prepared."

Special teams captain Matthew Slater was similarly disinterested in the discussion.

"The game's going to be played," he said. "Whoever's in attendance is in attendance. We'll just worry about trying to play well."

Hogan 'feeling good' as he recovers from thigh injury


Hogan 'feeling good' as he recovers from thigh injury

FOXBORO -- Patriots wideout Chris Hogan indicated after Saturday's divisional round win over the Texans that he'd be OK, and he doubled down on that stance when meeting with reporters Tuesday. 

The veteran receiver, whose first season with the Patriots has brought his first career postseason experience, injured his thigh against Houston. He left in the third quarter and did not return. 

"Feeling good," Hogan said. "Just had a little minor setback in the game. I'm working back every single day and feeling better every day."

Hogan had an awkward collision with Texans defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney at the end of the first half on a play at the goal line. To that point, he had reeled in four passes for 95 yards as the team's primary deep threat. With Hogan out, Brady relied upon Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd as wideouts.

Hogan explained that he was expecting to practice this week.

"I'm just gonna go day by day," he said. "Come in here tomorrow. Everything's been feeling better day by day. I'm looking forward to getting out there and practicing this week."