FOXBORO (CBS) – The New England Patriots announced Saturday that rookie DE Alex Silvestro has been signed to the 53-man roster from the practice squad.

To make room, the Patriots released WR Tiquan Underwood.

Silvestro, 23, was originally signed by New England as a rookie free agent out of Rutgers on July 27, 2011 and released on Sept. 3, 2011.

He joined the New England practice squad on Sept. 28 and then was signed to the 53-man roster on Dec. 23 and saw action in his first NFL game in the victory over Miami on Dec. 24, registering two assisted tackles.

Silvestro, 6-3, 267 pounds, was released on Dec. 29 and signed back to the practice squad on Dec. 31.

Underwood, 24, played in five games for New England in 2011 and caught three passes for 30 yards.

Underwood, 6-1, 183 pounds, originally entered the NFL as a seventh round draft choice (253rd overall) by Jacksonville in the 2009 NFL Draft out of Rutgers. After beginning his rookie season on the practice squad, he joined the 53-man roster and appeared in three games, mainly on special teams.

Last season, he played in 10 games and caught eight passes for 111 yards and returned 24 kicks for 561 yards, including a career-long of 53 yards in the season-opener vs. Denver (9/12). He was released by Jacksonville on Aug. 25 and was signed by the Patriots on Aug.

29. Underwood was released by the Patriots on Sept. 3 before being signed back on Nov. 24.

Comments (29)
  1. Brodie Verworn says:

    To get cut, THE NIGHT BEFORE the Super Bowl? Unimaginable!

    1. gramps says:

      Brodie, this is the ‘NFL = NOT FOR LONG’….

      Belichick , ‘added’ to the ‘defense’ aka protecting ‘Brady’!……Gives the Giants another thing to think about, aka if ‘Ocho’ & Gronk are on the field together, ‘who’ get’s the double coverage?…..

      Answer, neither, they’ll go into a zone & Brady will hit ‘Welker’ over the middle!

      Look @ Underwood’s stats…..&…..In reading his ‘tweet quotes’ in the Herald, he took the news like a ‘Patroit’!

      His ‘Super Bowl Ring’ is safe & ‘not’ in question!

      Chill & have another ‘chicken wing’!


  2. Okechukwu Ofili says:

    I think they meant to say he got a hair cut.

  3. jj says:

    Belicheck has no soul

    1. Kevin G. says:

      Ya, you’d think we’re talking about winning the Super Bowl or something like that. By the way, it’s Coach ‘Belichick’, who’s job is to win the football game today.

      1. jj says:

        Cutting Underwood won’t make a difference either way. Having a little loyalty goes deeper. More to life than spelling in a forum or football for that matter.

  4. mike says:

    WOW!!! Someone has to be hurt on the D line…..Sorry but love the hair!!!

  5. Matt Cavanaugh says:

    hey thanks for saving our ass in the afc champ… now were cutting you

    1. miley says:

      Saving our ass in the afc champ? really?? he didnt even make it on the field what are you smoking matt cavanaugh

      1. dan says:

        matt is smoking wacky tobbacci

      2. Matt Cavanaugh says:

        got the no namer confused with sterling moore hahaha sorry had a few to many last night

    2. me says:

      what did he do to save the team ?

  6. chole says:

    Sleazy Beli-cheat. Typical. Just gave the game to the GIANTS. Hope this kid goes on to a stellar NFL career with more honorable team. Shame on the New England Patriots.

  7. sloopjohnB2 says:

    This is about winning THIS game! He wasn’t going to play anyway. In Belechick we believe. Go Pats!

    1. pghsteelergal says:

      yeah…. we believe alright, we believe they are going to lose just like they did in 2007…. go giants….

  8. chole says:

    Sloopjohn, you’re absolutely right. It’s ALWAYS about Belichick, never the team.

  9. pghsteelergal says:

    uh, classy thing to do do , cutting the guy on the eve of the game, but what else would you expect from this team. look up the word classless, and you will find bilacheats and brady’s name beside it….. go giants….

    1. Mark H says:

      The classy thing to do would have been to cut your rapist quarterback!
      What does a Steeler fan know about class?

    2. gray444 says:

      Your either a guy with a wierd screen name or a really messed up chick with no football knowledge what so ever. Either way leave the comment’s to the people who know what they are talking about

    3. me says:

      this coming from a towel twirler … yeah, you matter a hole

  10. sloopjohnB2 says:

    Hey pghsteelergal,

    The Giants are as classy as the loser Jets. Too much cheap talk about the Pats. It will be won on the field by the Pats. We like the fact that you are so confident. That’s why this Pats win be even Sweeter.

  11. chole says:

    Hello??? What football team is “classy?” This isn’t the golf course, guys! Belichick is a soul-less narcissist. The Giants are loud mouthed New Yorkers! It’s gonna be a blood bath,unless Eli throws the long ball to Cruz in the 1st and the rest is history…

  12. gray444 says:

    chloe starting drinking way to early lol

  13. gray444 says:

    I am disgusted by some of these comment’s and the way this whole week has gone I am a real football fan. I do not want to hear gossip or listen to name calling or outright lie’s grow up!! If I wanted to read or listen to this stuff I would be watching the presidental race and commercial’s the king of mudslinger’s

  14. chole says:

    Oh yeah!!! Chole sure did start the party early!!!! Karma for sure. You reap what you sow, Beli-cheat!!! YEAH GIANTS!! SUPER G MEN FOREVER!!!!

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