FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots activated linebacker Tedy Bruschi off the reserve physically unable to perform list to the team's active roster today. The team now reports the league limit of 53 players on their roster.
ESPN.com also reported that the veteran linebacker "will play and could start Sunday night for the New England Patriots against the Buffalo Bills." The report cited Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick as the source following his production meeting with the ESPN broadcast crew on Saturday. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN beginning at 8:30 p.m. Sunday night.
Bruschi, 32, was placed on the physically unable to perform list on July 28, prior to the opening of training camp. On October 19, following the sixth week of the 2005 NFL season, Bruschi began practicing with the team.
Last year, Bruschi started every game for the Patriots and finished second on the team with 128 total tackles and second on the team with three interceptions. After helping the Patriots to their third Super Bowl Championship in four years, Bruschi earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl. In nine years, Bruschi has started 88 of 136 games for the Patriots and has totaled 768 career tackles, including 24 career sacks. He has also forced 17 fumbles and picked off 11 passes, including 10 interceptions in the last four seasons.