Wide receiver Torrance Small was re-signed by the Patriots two days after being let go, while linebacker Matt Chatham suffered the opposite fate.
Small, who has been slowed by a tight leg, was released prior to the loss to New York on Sunday. That move was temporary so New England could free up an active roster spot for Chatham, who had been on the team's practice squad. While he has yet to appear in the regular season, the 6-3, 220-pound Small has been expected to provide a big target over the middle in the passing game.
Chatham, a second-year linebacker out of South Dakota, was waived Tuesday. He provided some depth on defense and in the kicking game Sunday. Defensive end Willie McGinest was inactive because of a leg injury, meaning linebacker Roman Phifer started instead, causing some changes in the defensive scheme. Also inactive were safety Antwan Harris, linebacker T.J. Turner and cornerback Otis Smith (groin), each of whom factored in special teams play in the season opener.
Chatham appeared in several sub packages on defense and contributed two tackles. He also had one of three Patriots stops on special teams.
Because Chatham was signed to the active roster Sunday, a spot opened on the five-man practice squad. To fill the spot, linebacker Maugaula Tuitele was re-signed. Tuitele spent time on the practice squad last year, and also appeared in one game. He was among the final cuts at the end of training camp this year.