Rookie tight end Arther Love was activated off the physically unable to perform list Wednesday.
Today was the Patriots deadline for deciding whether or not to activate the sixth-round draft pick. The Patriots had a three-week window during which Love could practice without taking a roster spot because he had been on the P.U.P. list because of off-season groin surgery.
The 6-4, 250-pound Love was a four-year letterman at South Carolina State, where he caught 34 passes for 562 yards and four touchdowns. With Love being activated, New England's 53-man roster is now at full capacity.
Linebackers Bryan Cox (broken leg) and Kole Ayi (leg) are the only Patriots definitely out for this Sunday's game.
The Patriots could be thin at linebacker because Matt Chatham (leg) and Ted Johnson (knee) are both questionable, as is wide receiver Terry Glenn.
Three others are probable for the Saints game. They are safety Je'Rod Cherry (leg), tackle Matt Light (stomach) and defensive end Willie McGinest (leg). Cherry and McGinest were able to play last weekend against St. Louis.