The Patriots signed rookie running back George Winn Monday.
Winn, who is 5 feet 10 inches, 218 pounds, was not drafted out of Cincinnati but was signed by the Texans. Houston released him a couple of weeks later. As a starter in college in 2012, Winn had 243 carries for 1,334 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Winn was recruited to Cincinnati by Massachusetts native and current Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, and is a cousin of former NFL receiver Derrick Mason.
New England now has 88 players on its roster; teams can carry 90 into training camp.
A contrite Chad Johnson apologized Monday for disrespecting a judge when the former NFL star slapped his attorney on the backside in court last week and was released from jail after only a week instead of 30 days.
Broward County (Fla.) Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh accepted Johnson’s apology and cut back his jail term for a probation violation to the seven days he had already served since the rear-swatting. Johnson, a flamboyant receiver formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, said in court that he’d had time to think about why his flippant attitude was wrong — especially in a domestic violence case.
‘‘I just wanted to apologize for disrespecting the court last time,’’ said Johnson, wearing a tan jail jumpsuit with his hands shackled at the waist. ‘‘I apologize. I did have time to reflect on the mistakes I made in this courtroom.’’
Johnson walked out of jail shortly after 4 p.m. and was met by his attorney, Adam Swickle, and sports agent Drew Rosenhaus. Johnson told reporters he was thankful to McHugh because she was the first person to get him to slow down and think about the path his life was taking.
‘‘No one has been able to do it, not even my parents,’’ he said. ‘‘I thank her. Everything she did was justified.’’
Packers cut Bishop
The Packers released linebacker Desmond Bishop in an expected move after the sides coundn’t agree on a restructured contract. Bishop was due to make $3.464 million this season after missing all of last year with a hamstring injury. The 28-year-old had 310 tackles, 9 sacks, 7 forced fumbles, and an interception since the Packers took him in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL draft. . . . The Lions signed tight end Matt Veldman and released tight end Dominique Curry . . . Colts coach Chuck Pagano won the George Halas Award from the Professional Football Writers Association for overcoming adversity. Early in his first season as Colts coach, Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia and took a leave of absence. The team began winning under offensive coordinator Bruce Arians while Pagano underwent treatment for 12 weeks. Pagano worked from his hospital bed on game plans and analyzing practices even as he was recovering from the disease. After a Week 9 victory against Miami that he attended, Pagano gave an emotional postgame speech to the team. Indianapolis kept on winning and he returned to coach the final regular-season game, a victory over Houston that gave the Colts an 11-5 record. The team began a CHUCKSTRONG campaign, with proceeds going toward leukemia research.