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Patriots cut Sterling Moore, sign two

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Cornerback Sterling Moore was front and center for two of the biggest plays of last season for the Patriots.

His hand was part of the reason why Lee Evans didn’t hold onto a pass in the end zone late in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship Game. If Evans catches the ball, the Ravens go to the Super Bowl. Moore was also covering Mario Manningham near the sideline late in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl when Manningham reeled in a pass from Eli Manning to set up the winning touchdown.

Unless the Patriots change course in the coming weeks, Moore won’t be reprising his act for them in this year’s postseason. The Patriots announced that they have cut Moore as part of a series of roster moves that included the earlier release of linebacker Bobby Carpenter. Linebacker Mike Rivera, who was with the Patriots earlier this year, and defensive back Derrick Martin, who was on that Giants team that beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl and spent the preseason with New England, were signed to the roster.

Moore’s departure could be a sign that the Patriots are getting healthier at safety, where Patrick Chung and Steve Gregory have both missed time. If they return after the bye, Devin McCourty would likely go back to corner and leave the team without an obvious role for Moore to fill.

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20 Responses to “Patriots cut Sterling Moore, sign two”
  1. goraidersgospurs says: Nov 1, 2012 8:42 AM

    Back 2 the Silver & Black, its only right!!!

  2. choasted says: Nov 1, 2012 8:52 AM

    “once we get chung back” is becoming a tired phrase in NE.

  3. skinsfaninnebraska says: Nov 1, 2012 9:05 AM

    Redskins need to call this guy in for a tryout.

  4. sadskinsfan89 says: Nov 1, 2012 9:09 AM

    please get on a plane to Washington

  5. johosophat says: Nov 1, 2012 9:16 AM

    Apparently the Patriots couldn’t take it any Moore.

  6. getyourownname says: Nov 1, 2012 9:27 AM

    Interesting that neither Moore, Evans, or Cundiff – who participated in the two major game-turning moments in the AFC championship game – are in the NFL right now.

  7. Patskrieg dot com says: Nov 1, 2012 9:36 AM

    Moore was consistent only in the fact that he was good for one great play a game (see Lee Evans), and one major screw up per game (see the missed tackle on Torrey Smith for a TD that necessitated the Lee Evans stop).

    I don’t remember Martin at all from training camp, and (I can’t believe I’m saying this) I’d rather have Carpenter than Rivera.

  8. anotheryx says: Nov 1, 2012 9:41 AM

    The news is his lockers are not cleared out, so they probably set up to sign him to practice squad

  9. peytonsneck18 says: Nov 1, 2012 9:52 AM

    Listen to how desperate n sad these redskins fans sound …..please help our sinking franchise

  10. vcupats says: Nov 1, 2012 9:55 AM

    What do the Evans strip and the Manningham catch have in common? Moore was beaten on both plays. Good luck to ya Sterling.

  11. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Nov 1, 2012 10:07 AM

    Dolphins cut Mike Rivera a couple weeks ago. Could he be Ninkovich 2.0?

  12. rc33 says: Nov 1, 2012 10:10 AM

    Rivera showed pretty well in the exhibition games while Spikes was sidelined. Essentially a run-stuffer with some pretty good instincts.
    And agree 100% w/ “once Chung gets back…” Chung’s a good player when healthy but right about now I’m thru with that guy…..because he simply cannot stay healthy. And should he return in Week 10 I have zero confidence he’ll be able to stay on the field.

  13. ahostiletakeover says: Nov 1, 2012 10:10 AM

    Am I the only one who finds it amusing that on the same day the Pats cut Moore, arguably the reason they went to the Super Bowl, they brought in Cundiff (who arguably was the reason the Ravens didn’t go to the Super Bowl)for a workout on the same day?

  14. harry1941 says: Nov 1, 2012 10:21 AM

    The NY Jets need to call this guy in for a tryout. Dump CB Wilson on NE.

  15. bombayjon says: Nov 1, 2012 10:43 AM

    Yeah, Raider fans want him back.

  16. bobf4 says: Nov 1, 2012 11:16 AM

    I know a team that is desperate for defensive help. He would be MORE than welcome in Buffalo!!!

  17. The Chancellor of Football says: Nov 1, 2012 11:36 AM

    The Buffalo Bills need him. So do the Detroit Lions….and depending upon their injuries at CB, the Baltimore Ravens.

  18. open1337 says: Nov 1, 2012 1:25 PM

    I think he arrives in Oakland this morning.

  19. 2004redsoxwcm says: Nov 1, 2012 2:08 PM

    Moore is not going any where but the practice squad period. samething was done last year. someone mentioned they broiught in MR missed feild goal ( Cundiff ) I did not see this any where anyone else see this ? No idea why they would bring in Mr Missed field goal he sucks period. chad johnson ( ohco stinko) would be a better kicker than him

  20. rodster213 says: Nov 2, 2012 11:14 PM

    The guy made plays, just becsuse u are beat doesn’t mean u give up. Bring him back to The Black Hole Reggie!!!!

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