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New England Patriots activate Aqib Talib

The New England Patriots have activated Aqib Talib to the 53-man roster, and it’s great to see Talib in the fold after finishing the final game of his four-game suspension last week. The suspension stemmed from the use of the banned (by the NFL) drug Adderall while playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is an immediate upgrade to the defensive backfield and will figure to have a heavy role in either facing Reggie Wayne or completely shutting down the inconsistent Donnie Avery.

So far in practice, Devin McCourty and Talib have been both playing on the right side of the field with Patrick Chung still limited in practice with a shoulder injury. If Chung doesn’t play, then it will be interesting to see who covers Wayne. The common thought is that Talib will either fight the No. 1 receiver with some safety help, or Alfonzo Dennard and Devin McCourty will bracket the No. 1 wideout with Talib on an island.

The health of Chung somewhat complicates things, and it’s going to be interesting to see if the Patriots restrict Talib to one side of the field.

In order to make room for him on the roster, the Pats released cornerback Malcolm Williams, who was activated from the practice squad before the trade to acquire Talib. He played on special teams against the St. Louis Rams and replaced Sterling Moore (p-squad) on the active roster.

Greg Salas was promoted from the practice squad to the roster after the release of Deion Branch, so it looks like the Patriots will be putting Williams (a seventh-rounder last year) back on the practice squad.

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