Woodhead advances in Madden '12 cover vote

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Woodhead advances in Madden '12 cover vote

New England Patriots running back Danny Woodhead has advanced to the Elite Eight in the Madden '12 Cover Vote bracket.

EA Sports has teamed up with ESPN to allow fans to vote for their favorite player to appear on next year's video game cover. The athletes began in a typical 32-player bracket and are matched up against a new opponent each week. The athlete that receives the most votes advances.

Woodhead faced Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson in the first round and New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks in the second, defeating both by considerable margins.

The 26-year-old is up against his toughest opponent yet this week. Woodhead will have to best Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers in order to advance to the Final Four.

You can vote at ESPN.com until April 11. The cover winner will be revealed on ESPN on April 25.

Patriots place Tre' Jackson on reserve/PUP list

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Patriots place Tre' Jackson on reserve/PUP list

The Patriots announced three roster moves on Monday night. Two resulted in players parting ways with the team. The other opened a roster spot without a departure. 

In addition to releasing both defensive tackle Terrance Knighton and center Bryan Stork, the Patriots also placed guard Tre' Jackson on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.

Jackson began training camp on PUP, and he has not practiced with the team since camp kicked off. Now that he is on the reserve/PUP, the second-year player out of Florida State will be forced to miss the first six weeks of the regular season, but he will not count against the active roster during that period. 

Jackson, a fourth-round pick last year, played through knee issues at times as a rookie, seeing action in 13 games and starting in nine. He has been spotted on the practice fields this summer, but he has been limited to warm-ups and conditioning work. 

In his absence, the Patriots still have depth at guard, which may have had something to do with the team's willingness to make Jackson unavailable for almost the first half of the season. Rookie Joe Thuney looks like he will be the starter at left guard, while Josh Kline could be the option at right guard to start the season. Jonathan Cooper and Shaq Mason are dealing with injuries at the moment, but they both returned to the practice field on Monday, and they also have a shot at the right guard job. Rookie sixth-rounder Ted Karras could also factor in as a reserve at either guard or center if he makes the club. 

The Patriots currently have 80 players on the active roster and need to reduce that number to 75 by 4 p.m. on Tuesday.