The New England Patriots signed defensive lineman Eric Moore, placing
defensive end Jermaine Cunningham on injured reserve with a hamstring
They promoted defensive back Malcolm Williams from the practice squad
to the active roster and cut defensive back Sterling Moore.
Moore, 30, played in four games with three starts last season for the
Patriots and finished with 13 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles
and one fumble recovery.
He went to training camp with the Patriots this past summer but was
released on Sept. 3. Moore, 6-4, 268 pounds, was originally drafted by
the New York Giants in the sixth round (186th overall) out of Florida State in 2005. He also played with New Orleans (2006) and St. Louis
He spent part of the 2009 season on the Carolina practice squad and
also played with the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League in
2010. In five NFL seasons, Moore has played in 33 NFL games with four
starts and has registered 33 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles,
one fumble recovery and seven special teams tackles.
Williams, 24, was originally drafted by the Patriots in the seventh
round (219th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Texas Christian.
Williams, 5-11, 200 pounds, was released by the Patriots on Aug. 29 and
then spent two stints on the New England practice squad.
Cunningham, 23, is in his second season with New England after joining
the team as a second round (53rd overall) draft pick out of Florida in
2010. As a rookie, he played in 15 games with 11 starts and finished
with 41 total tackles, one sack, one pass defensed and two forced
fumbles. Cunningham, 6-3, 260 pounds, played in nine games in 2011 with
Moore, 21, has played in five games with three starts for the Patriots
this season and registered six total tackles. He spent time on the New
England practice squad prior to joining the 53-man roster. Moore, 5-10,
205 pounds, originally signed with Oakland as a rookie free agent on
July 28 out of Southern Methodist. After being released by Oakland
following training camp, he spent the first few weeks of the season on
the Oakland practice squad.