Found November 03, 2012 on Boston Sports Then & Now:
The Patriots sure weren’t quiet during their bye week, bringing in new faces who included, most notably, cornerback, Aqib Talib. Well, we’re in the midst of the annual worst week of the fall. No, I’m not talking about daylight saving time or the cancellation of the New York Marathon because of Hurricane Sandy smashing the East Coast or even the presidential election on Tuesday. It’s the Patriots bye week. Unbearable – I know. Usually, it’s just a week of hardly any exciting Pats coverage until they get back into practice after an empty Sunday of wishing they were on TV. But, who says bye weeks can’t be interesting? This one certainly has been. Once arriving back in the States, the team wasted hardly any time on reshaping its roster for the second half of the season, focusing on its depleted secondary as well as other areas of the defense. On Tuesday, the team announced it had released linebacker, Bobby Carpernter. Carpernter, who was mostly used in a special teams roll, had been re-signed by the Pats on Oct. 3 and seen limited game action. The next day, New England made four additional moves. They released tight end slash defensive end, Alex Silvestro, who they had re-signed on Oct. 3 as well and more notably, they waived cornerback and AFC Championship Game hero, Sterling Moore in an attempt to improve their secondary. Moore has since been signed to the team’s practice squad, according to a league source. This leaves just Kyle Arrington, Devin McCourty (who have both struggled mightily), Marquice Cole and rookies Tavon Wilson and Alfonzo Dennard as reliable enough to play corner for the time being. To fill the holes left by Silvestro and Moore, the Pats re-signed linebacker, Mike Rivera and safety, Derrick Martin. Rivera had been let go by the team on Sept. 19 and Martin on Aug. 31, with the group that included James Ihedigbo, Brian Hoyer, Dan Koppen and Deion Branch. Then came the boldest and perhaps the most desperate move of the week. On Thursday, just before the NFL trade deadline, the Patriots traded for Buccaneers cornerback and former top-1o draft pick out of Kansas, Aqib Talib. The troubled Tampa star has had problems with both the league and the law as he has been arrested in the past as well as suspended. In fact, the Patriots’ secondary won’t even get his help until Nov. 18 against the Colts because he is currently serving a 4-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Talib reportedly tested positive for Adderall, which he was illegally taking without a prescription. To get him, the Patriots sent Tampa a 2013 4th round draft pick. They also received a 2013 7th round pick in the deal. Less notably, New England also signed wide receiver, Jarred Fayson, to the practice squad on Thursday. It was a busy week for the Pats and their front office after returning from London just before Hurricane Sandy barreled down on the state. Hopefully these transactions will be useful in the second half of the season as the Patriots sit at just 5-3 after the first eight weeks.   Follow me on Twitter @RealAndyLarmand.       
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