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Patriots Release DT Marcus Stroud

After acquiring Albert Haynesworth from the Washington Redskins early Thursday morning, the New England Patriots have reportedly cut ties with defensive lineman Marcus Stroud in order to make room for Haynesworth.

Stroud played for the Buffalo Bills last season where he compiled 49 tackles and three sacks during his time in Buffalo. The longtime Jacksonville Jaguar signed with the Patriots just before the NFL Lockout on a two-year deal to help out the defensive line. Stroud sites his shoulder as the reason the Pats cut ties with him.

Stroud told The Boston Herald's Ian Rapoport earlier this offseason that he thought his shoulder would be 100 percent by the start of training camp. Rapoport pines that the acquisition of Haynesworth was because the Patriots were a little worried about Stroud's health

Instead, the veteran who was to assist at defensive end with his young/old legs won’t get the chance. Perhaps that led to the Haynesworth acquisition, though I would doubt it. Stroud would likely have been a rotational player. Not now, though. (via Boston Herald)

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