Pats cut Sterling Moore from already thin secondary

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Pats cut Sterling Moore from already thin secondary

There were no real treats but a few tricks for the Patriots roster on Halloween.

New England announced cornerback Sterling Moore was waived and defensive back Derrick Martin and linebacker Mike Rivera were re-signed Thursday.

Letting go of tight end Alex Silvestro from the practice squad was the team's final move of the day.

Moore, 22, rotated in and out of the secondary for every game this season, primarily as a nickel back. Whether that's where Martin will fit into the defensive backfield remains to be seen. He joined the Patriots Aug. 4 and cut at the final roster deadline. At the time, the 5-foot-10, 198-pound back didn't look like more than a camp body.

But New England needs help. Injuries to starting safeties Steve Gregory and Pat Chung necessitated moving cornerback Devin McCourty into that spot. The CB position was further thinned (at least in number) when Ras-I Dowling was placed on injured reserve less than one week ago, and again when Kyle Arrington left Sunday's game against the Rams with a head injury. There's been no update on the severity of Arrington's concussion; the team may prepare for the worst.

Who's left? Rookie Alfonzo Dennard and 28-year old Marquice Cole. If it tells you anything, Dennard played 63 of 63 defensive snaps last weekend. Cole played 20 in his best (and longest) performance of the season.

If the Patriots want to do even more roster shuffling -- but this time via trade -- to bring in cornerback help, they have until Thursday evening's deadline at 4 p.m.

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

BOSTON – The trip to the TD Garden is one that Jared Sullinger has made many times but never like this. 

The former Celtic was back in town with his new team, the Toronto Raptors who signed him to a one-year, $5.6 million deal after the Celtics rescinded their qualifying offer to him and thus made him an unrestricted free agent. 

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“I had a feeling it was going to go that way once they signed big Al (Horford), that they were going to let me go,” Sullinger said prior to Friday’s game.  “We were prepared for it. It is what it is. I’m happy these guys are doing well.”

And he hopes to say the same for himself sometime in the future after undergoing surgery to have a screw inserted in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot – the same foot he had season-ending surgery on during the 2014-2015 season with the Celtics. 

There’s no specific timetable as to when he’ll be back on the floor, and Sullinger is cool with that plan. 

“I don’t know. They’re hiding the protocol from me so I won’t rush; we’ll see,” said Sullinger who is still in a walking boot. 

The 6-foot-9 forward played well in the preseason and solidified himself as the team’s starting power forward. 

Now that he’s out with another injury, he’ll have to once again try and prove himself either later this season when he returns, or this summer when he becomes a free agent again.

For now, Sullinger is happy to be back in town, seeing lots of familiar faces, friends and ex-teammates that he says he still keeps in close contact with. 

“Some of these guys I considered like brothers to me,” Sullinger said. “IT (Isaiah Thomas), Jae Crowder to name a few. So I watch from a distance, I support from a distance. They’re playing well.”

In addition to his former teammates, the lines of communication remained open between him and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens as well. 

Stevens said the two exchanged text messages right before he had foot surgery, and afterwards. 

“Obviously, everyone here wishes a speedy recovery and hopefully he gets back on the court soon,” Stevens said. 

Sullinger has been an effective player during his time in the NBA, with career averages of 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. 

But this will be the third time in his five NBA seasons that he will miss a significant amount of time on the court due to an injury or recovering from an injury. 

Stevens acknowledged that he feels for Sullinger who once again has to go through rehabilitation in order to get back on the floor.

“I like Jared a lot,” Stevens said. “He’s a heck of a player, he’s a really smart guy. Got a lot of respect for him and it stinks that he’s got to go through that but he’ll come back strong I’m sure.”