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Pats activate Jermaine Cunningham, waive Ron Brace

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The Patriots added some depth to several thin areas with a series of roster moves.

According to Field Yates of, the Pats activated defensive end Jermaine Cunningham Saturday, after he served a four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy.

To make the roster spot for him, they waived defensive tackle Ron Brace, a former second-round pick who had a grand total of four tackles in 10 games this year.

They also promoted wide receiver Kamar Aiken and defensive back Malcolm Williams from the practice squad, addressing thin spots heading into tomorrow’s finale.

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18 Responses to “Pats activate Jermaine Cunningham, waive Ron Brace”
  1. bradybbgoat says: Dec 29, 2012 5:14 PM

    Another former second round pick bites the dust.

    Next up, Ras-I Dowling and Pat Chung.

    With the success of Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower this year the Patriots should continue to focus on trading UP.

  2. axltcu says: Dec 29, 2012 5:35 PM

    Hopefully Cunningham can start back up right where he left off. He was finally starting to show some improvement this year. Then again it could have been the PEDs.

  3. jrfrom508 says: Dec 29, 2012 5:35 PM

    Except they have no ammunition to trade up this year. I still have hope for Ras I too, but I think I’m in the minority on that one.

  4. fitzy187 says: Dec 29, 2012 5:37 PM

    Best roster move all year. What a waste of a pick

  5. beauregard says: Dec 29, 2012 6:11 PM

    Wow, activate one after a suspension and call up two from the practice squad. What a way to prepare for the playoffs. Sheesh!

  6. patsfiend says: Dec 29, 2012 6:19 PM

    Brace and Dowling can pool their bonus money together and open a Taco Bell franchise in Lowell.

  7. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Dec 29, 2012 6:39 PM

    I was very surprised that Ron Brace was a washout. He looked like at least a contributer coming out of college.

  8. pastabelly says: Dec 29, 2012 6:43 PM

    Lesson to Ron Brace: bulk up on roids like Cunningham, get suspended, but keep job.

  9. kepickle says: Dec 29, 2012 6:59 PM

    well Take Brace here in Carolina lol he’ll be a upgrade to our DT spot behind Dwan Edwards

  10. thraiderskin says: Dec 29, 2012 7:43 PM

    I think Brace would be a good addition to the Packer’s Def, he did play along side Raji at BC, why not see if re-uniting them will light a fire.

  11. britishraven says: Dec 29, 2012 8:02 PM

    Has Ras I Dowling ever played in the 2nd half of an NFL game?

  12. ijahru says: Dec 29, 2012 9:41 PM

    something was stopping Brace from stepping up. Maybe a change of scenary is what he needs. He had some great flashes of dominance but then would disappear or get hurt with little nagging injuries.

  13. Patskrieg dot com says: Dec 30, 2012 12:00 AM

    You mean I won’t get to hear his annual preseason promise that things are going to be different this year, and he was actually going to get in shape, and live up to his draft status in 2013?

    Bumout. Get lost Brace.

  14. cunninglinguist69 says: Dec 30, 2012 12:49 AM

    The Patriots haven’t always drafted well, especially in the second round. But one thing’s for sure: Bill Belichick has NEVER fallen in love with his (high) draft picks. If they don’t work out after a suitable peroid, cut ’em.

  15. cunninglinguist69 says: Dec 30, 2012 12:57 AM

    By the way, I posit that Jermaine Cunningham is likely to make a play or two in this year’s post-season tournament as an interior rusher or perhaps off the edge. Just sayin’….

  16. TheWizard says: Dec 30, 2012 6:55 AM

    Has Ras I Dowling ever played in the 2nd half of an NFL game?

    Or the 2nd half of a season….. I called bust when he missed most of his rookie year. He probably gets one more shot in 13.

  17. joeinbuffalo says: Dec 30, 2012 8:49 AM

    NE gets a lot of praise for accumulating picks, but they sure waste alot of them

  18. patsfan22 says: Dec 30, 2012 12:02 PM

    Ras IR Dowling…

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