Reports of pending player releases are coming in fast and furious. The Patriots will likely not announce any official transactions until after the 4 p.m. deadline this afternoon, but often times word of moves slips out in dribs and drabs throughout the day.
That has been the case already on Saturday. Various media outlets are reporting defensive end Eric Moore has been released. Rookie defensive linemen Markell Carter, Alex Silvestro and Aaron Lavarias and wide receiver Tiquan Underwood were also let go. Moore is a mild surprise considering he held a prominent role at the outset of camp while working with the first unit, but the arrival of Andre Carter, Mark Anderson and the recent return of Mike Wright made him expendable.
It will be interesting to see how the other moves pan out along the crowded defensive line. Update: It appears that defensive linemen Ron Brace (elbow) and Brandon Deaderick (shoulder) will begin the season on PUP, meaning they would not be able to begin practicing until after Week 6.
Also, several media reports indicate former Cowboys center Andre Gurode planned to visit Foxborough on Saturday. The Patriots are badly in need of depth along the interior of the offensive line with Ryan Wendell injured and missing the entre preseason. The interesting part of Gurode's presence is his past with Albert Haynesworth. Gurode, a 6-4, 335-pounder, has started 122 of his 138 career games and is 32 years old, but more interestingly is the player Haynesworth stomped during a game in Tennessee during the 2006 season. Gurode's helmet was knocked off and Haynesworth intentionally cleated him in the head, drawing a great deal of discipline and criticism.