Patriots Release 20 To Reach Roster Limit

Derrick Burgess (Getty)

FOXBORO -- The New England Patriots announced the release of 20 players as they reduced their roster to 53 on Saturday. Big names on the list include three linebackers; Derrick Burgess, Pierre Woods and Eric Alexander. Brandon McGowan was also placed on I/R.

The New England Patriots shook up their roster when the list of final cuts was made. Out were key members of the linebackers unit, and a host of offensive linemen. In were some new faces to Foxboro this season.

Burgess Among Patriots Cuts

The New England Patriots announced their roster moves Saturday evening along with the rest of the NFL. Among the 20 names on the list, linebackers Derrick Burgess, Pierre Woods and Eric Alexander. Already paper thin at the position, the team's decision to part ways with Burgess caught many by surprise.

Burgess opted to hold out from training camp through the month of July and part of August, as he wrestled with a personal decision to retire from football, or play another season. After re-signing with New England in May, Burgess was expected to provide quality veteran depth to a roster full of young players at linebacker.

Woods and Alexander were two special teams contributors who saw limited action on defense. Woods, became more of a contributor to the team's front seven after the trade of Mike Vrabel to the Kansas City Chiefs.

In addition to the cuts, the team announced that S Brandon McGowan was placed on injured reserve with a chest injury.

Here is the team's complete list of roster moves from Saturday:

* denotes practice squad eligibility

WR Sam Aiken
LB Eric Alexander
S Sergio Brown *
LB Derrick Burgess
OL George Bussey *
TE Carson Butler *
RB Thomas Clayton *
WR Buddy Farnham *
WR Darnell Jenkins *
OL Ted Larsen *
TE Rob Myers *
OL Rich Ohrnberger *
WR Rod Owens *
QB Zac Robinson *
RB Chris Taylor *
DB Ross Ventrone *
OL Thomas Welch *
LB Thomas Williams *
CB DeAngelo Willingham *
LB Pierre Woods.


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