Defensive lineman Santonio Thomas was released from the Patriots roster yesterday. Thomas, a third-year pro, has been on and off the roster since joining the team as an undrafted free agent in April of 2005. Thomas has participated mostly on special teams. His performance in the preseason finale this year earned him a spot on the practice squad and eventual promotion to the active roster. The move was likely made to make room for one of the players on PUP to return.
Wide receivers Chad Jackson, cornerback Eddie Jackson and defensive lineman Richard Seymour all returned to practice and are participating with the team after spending the first part of the season on the PUP list.. The clock is ticking for the team to make a decision on their roster status. Teams have up to three weeks after a player begins practicing, before they must designate him as either an active roster player, or place him on injured reserve.
Brady Earns More Honors
Tom Brady was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his Week 7 performance against the Miami Dolphins. It is the second time Brady has won the award. Brady turned in a perfect day by completing 21 of 25 passes for 354 yards with a career high six touchdowns. His quarterback rating was 158.3, a perfect score, setting career high surpassing his 150.9 rating set earlier this year.
This is Brady's third player of the week award this season and the 10th of his career. He also was named AFC Offensive player of the month in September. Other nominees for the POTW were Cincinnati Bengals RB Kenny Watson, Denver Broncos QB Jay Cutler and Kansas City RB Larry Johnson.
In addition to the POTW award, Brady earned the Fed/Ex Air and Ground award for being the best passer in the AFC in week 7. It is the second straight week fans voted Brady as the best in the league. Other nominees were Jay Cutler, and Houston Texans QB Sage Rosenfels. Fed/Ex will donate $5,000 to the Childrens Hospital of Boston in recognition of Brady's award.
Seau Feeling Affects Of California Fires
Patriots LB Junior Seau took time off this week to take care of his family who have been affected by the wildfires raging in southern California. A southern California native in the off-season, Seau flew home to be with family and friends. Unfortunately for Seau, the fire claimed one of his properties, a 12,000 sf dwelling. Fortunately no one was hurt.
"Our prayers go out to San Diego," Seau said when asked about the fires. "It's tough to be able to come in here and game plan and obviously get prepared for a game on Sunday, and know that the evacuations are going on in San Diego, especially with family members, friends and co-workers.
Seau knows that fixing the problem isn't just a local problem, it's going to require more than his local community to recover from fires.
"It's just something that's not going to go anywhere. It's going to take a lot of leadership in San Diego and a lot of effort from outside of San Diego to kind of put it together."
Material from wire reports, personal interviews, league and team sources, were used in this report.