INDIANAPOLIS -- Just 23 hours before Super Bowl XLVI's kickoff, the Patriots released receiver Tiquan Underwood and signed defensive end Alex Silvestro to the 53-man roster.
Silvestro was signed as a rookie free agent out of Rutgers who spent time on the Patriots' practice squad and the 53-man roster throughout the year. He played one game, making two tackles in a December 24 victory over Miami.
Underwood played in five games for the Patriots this year, with three catches for 30 yards. He was signed and released twice. Underwood and Silvestro were teammates at Rutgers.
His release could be an indication that Chad Ochocinco, who was inactive in the AFC Championship game, will be active Sunday.