Another game, another lost starter. Things not going well for Patriots health
Patriots Build D-Line Depth With Carter
He had 10 sacks for the Patriots in 2011, his only season with them, and was chosen to his first Pro Bowl. He played for the Oakland Raiders in 2012, his 12th NFL season, but has been a free agent since being released Aug. 31.
The Patriots have been without starting defensive tackles Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly. Wilfork went on season-ending injured reserve on Oct. 3 with a torn right Achilles tendon. Kelly has missed the last two games with a knee injury.
"This place holds a special meaning," Carter said. "Not just for as far as what I did, but just the camaraderie I had here in 2011, the town of Foxborough, the state."
The Patriots also made two practice squad moves Wednesday, signing defensive tackle Sealver Siliga and releasing cornerback Travis Howard. On Monday, they waived defensive tackle Andre Neblett.
Carter said it is up to coaches whether he plays Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, but added he felt good during Wednesday's practice and is beginning to re-acclimate to a defense that has changed a bit since he left.
"As far as the scheme and stuff, there's a few tweaks, but that's the NFL in general," he explained. "You can't always run the same schemes year after year. You've got to constantly modify it because that's the only way you're going to get better and make plays.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said the organization believed he could add to the team.
"He's a hard-working guy that's given us great leadership in the past and is a good teammate," Belichick said. "I mean, everybody loves Andre."
Join other fans in the Forums: Patriots Talk
For more Patriots news follow us via Twitter:
Or find us on Facebook : Facebook.com/PatriotsInsider
PatriotsInsider.com Recommended Stories
Rivalry Week on Scout
Build yourself a sky-high left-over turkey sandwich, cover it in a creamy sauce of hate, and get ready to scream!Read More
Scout College Football Top 30- Week Thirteen
The top 30 teams in college football after Week Thirteen...Read More
Outdoorsman's Gift Guide: Christmas 2014
Finding just the right present for that special someone can be a challenge, so we’ve compiled a wide variety of hunting, fishing and outdoor gifts that you—or Santa—can deliver this Christmas.Read More
Week 13: Player Downgrades
Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Rusty Reeves predicts a heaping handful of players who will decline in the coming weeks. They should be downgraded at least one tier. Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler …Read More
The First Thanksgiving: 10 Myths and Facts
The story of the first Thanksgiving is filled with folklore and legend. But what’s the real story? Here are 10 commonly believed myths about the First Thanksgiving debunked.Read More