December 2006 - New England Patriots Wiretap
Harrison Hurts Right Leg
New England safety Rodney Harrison hurt his right leg when blocked in the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans. Harrison went to the ground and slapped the turf after being blocked by Titans receiver Bobby Wade, whose helmet appeared to hit Harrison's right knee. He walked off the field on his own.
Patriots, Seahawks Clinch Division Titles
New England can begin thinking about a fourth Super Bowl in six years after clinching the AFC East on Sunday. Seattle also got into the playoffs, securing the NFC West. The big difference: New England won and the Seahawks were stunned in the final minute by San Diego. The Patriots dealt Jacksonville's postseason hopes a severe blow with a 24-21 victory that earned them a fourth straight division title. They can't have a bye in the first round of the playoffs, however.
Pats Sign Sauerbrun To Handle Punts
The Patriots on Friday signed veteran punter Todd Sauerbrun, who becomes the team's third punter in six weeks. The Patriots, who play at Jacksonville on Sunday, brought in Sauerbrun for a workout Friday and then signed him, coach Bill Belichick said.
Pats Release Gabriel
The New England Patriots released Doug Gabriel from their struggling corps of wide receivers Tuesday after he caught just one pass in the last four games. The team also made three practice squad moves, signing defensive back Justin Phinisee and safety Guss Scott and releasing cornerback James Patrick.
Patriots' Maroney Out With Back Injury
The Patriots will be without leading rusher Laurence Maroney for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, downgrading their rookie tailback to "out" because of a back injury.