OT Zusevics activated; WR Salas waived

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New England Patriots on Thursday activated offensive tackle Markus Zusevics from the reserve/non-football injury list, and waived wide receiver Greg Salas in a corresponding move.

Zusevics began his three-week practice window on Nov. 1, so the Patriots were facing a deadline to either activate him, keep him on NFI for the remainder of the season, or place him on waivers.

An undrafted rookie from Iowa, the 6-foot-5, 300-pound Zusevics could be active for tonight's game, providing offensive line depth. If he is active, he will wear No. 66.

Salas had been signed to the active roster from the practice squad prior to last Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. He played in six offensive snaps on Sunday, but did not record a catch.

If Salas clears waivers, he will likely return to the practice squad. After being acquired in a trade from the St. Louis Rams on Sept. 1, Salas was the highest-paid player on the practice squad.