October 30, 2013

NFL Notebook: Patriots get nose tackle but lose right tackle

The team acts to replace the injured Vince Wilfork.

From news service reports

PHILADELPHIA – The New England Patriots acquired nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga from the Philadelphia Eagles along with a sixth-round pick in 2014 for a fifth-rounder next year.

Sopoaga, who spent his first nine seasons with San Francisco, had signed an $11 million, three-year deal as a free agent. He played eight games and had 18 tackles.

Sopoaga, 32, helps replace nose tackle Vince Wilfork, who is out for the season.

The Patriots have allowed 157 yards rushing per game since Wilfork was injured.

Rookie third-round pick Bennie Logan, veteran Clifton Geathers and rookie Damion Square will get more playing time with the Eagles now that Sopoaga is gone.

New England right tackle Sebastian Vollmer is out for the season with a right leg injury.

TITANS: The family of the late Bud Adams took control of the team, naming his son-in-law president and chief executive officer.

COWBOYS: Dallas signed Everette Brown and released Jason Vega in a swap of ends for its injury-riddled defensive line.

EAGLES: Quarterback Nick Foles returned to practice Tuesday for the first time since sustaining a concussion in a 17-3 loss to Dallas on Oct. 20 and is expected to start Sunday at Oakland.

GIANTS: General Manager Jerry Reese called Tom Coughlin an “outstanding” coach despite a 2-6 record that puts the team in danger of missing the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons.

DOLPHINS: Receiver Brandon Gibson was placed on injured reserve with a left knee injury, ending his first season with the team.

BROWNS: With rampant trade speculation swirling around receiver Josh Gordon for weeks, the team decided to hold onto him despite off-field issues – he was suspended for two games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

BUCCANEERS: Tampa Bay claimed defensive back Bobby Felder off waivers from Minnesota.

COLTS: Indianapolis re-signed tight end Weslye Saunders to the active roster.

REDSKINS: The team owner Daniel Snyder, met with Commissioner Roger Goodell about the team’s name.

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