Patriots trade for Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib

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Patriots trade for Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib

The Patriots made a trade just before the deadline on Thursday in hopes to improve upon their poor secondary play.

Meet Aqib Talib, the newest Patriot. Talib joins New England after four-plus seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Pats also sent a 2013 fourth-round draft pick to Tampa Bay, and received a 2013 seventh-round pick in addition to Talib.

In 58 career games, the 6-foot-1 cornerback has recorded 182 tackles and 18 interceptions.

But if Talib is going to help, it won't be in the team's next game against the Bills. Talib is currently serving a four-game suspension by the NFL for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Talib said in a statement shortly after the suspension that he took an Adderall pill without a prescription before the season began, triggering the positive test.

Talib has served three of the four games so far, and will have to miss one more before putting on that Patriots uniform.

But that's the least of Talib's past issues. Trouble has found Talib or vice versa for quite a while now. Here's the quick rap sheet on him:

JULY 2008 -- Involved in a fistfight with fellow Buccaneers rookie Cory Boyd at the NFL rookie symposium.

AUGUST 20, 2009 -- Arrested by Florida Highway Patrol and charged with resisting arrest without violence and simple battery.

MARCH 2011 Arrested in Garland, Texas for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after being accused of firing a gun at his sister's boyfriend. He was released on 25,000 bond, and indicted in May 2011. On June 18, 2012 the charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence and character concerns with the accuser.

Patriots-Rams inactives: Slater, Coleman, Richards out

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Patriots-Rams inactives: Slater, Coleman, Richards out

FOXBORO -- The inactive lists for today's Patriots-Rams game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
S Jordan Richards
WR Matthew Slater
DL Woodrow Hamilton
RB D.J. Foster
T LaAdrian Waddle
DL Darius Kilgo
CB Justin Coleman

PATRIOTS-RAMS PREGAME

LOS ANGELES RAMS
WR Tavon Austin
DE Robert Quinn
QB Sean Mannion
TE Temarrick Hemingway
OL Rodger Saffold
DB Steve Williams
OL Pace Murphy