The New England Patriots have announced a series of moves to comply with the NFL cut-down to a 75-man roster which they must comply with by Tuesday.
The Patriots released WR Kamar Aiken, rookie CB Brandon Jones, veteran LB Niko Koutouvides, CB LeQuan Lewis and rookie LS Mike Zupancic.
Aiken had been on the Patriots practice squad and played one game at Jacksonville in 2012. Koutouvides, a nine year veteran had played with the Patriots in 2011 and 2012 including the final 14 games and two playoff contests.
The Patriots also placed rookie DL Cory Grissom and second-year T Markus Zusevics on injured reserve, and placed first-year DL Armond Armstead and rookie WR Mark Harrison on the reserve/non-football injury list.
Grissom was hurt in the game against Detroit on Thursday night and Zusevics has been battling injuries during the entire camp.
Both Armstead and Harrison have not taken the field at all since being signed by the Patriots and neither of these moves are surprising.
The Patriots also announced that they have re-signed rookies CB Stephon Morris and DL Scott Vallone. Morris from Penn State was originally signed by the Patriots on May 3, 2013, and released on Aug, 1, 2013. Morris was suffering from a hamstring injury at the time of his release and is deemed healthy now.
Vallone, another Rutgers alum was originally signed by the Patriots on Aug. 1, 2013 before being released on Aug. 19, 2013. With the depth or lack of at the interior DL position and Armstead and Grissom being shelved, Vallone will at least see some action against the Giants on Thursday night.
With these moves, the roster now stands at 77 players which means that two more players will need to be released before Tuesday.
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