BOSTON (CBS) — On the eve of training camp, at least one question has been answered in regard to how the Patriots’ roster will shape out. Joseph Addai will not be a part of it.
The veteran running back was released by the Patriots on Wednesday afternoon, the team announced. The 29-year-old had signed with the Patriots in early May and appeared to be the veteran in the backfield for the upcoming season, but on Wednesday, the day players arrived at Gillette Stadium for camp and a conditioning test, the Patriots sent him on his way.
Addai’s career got off to a great start in Indianapolis in 2006 and 2007, when he rushed for 2,153 yards and 19 touchdowns as part of Peyton Manning’s offense, while also making 81 catches for 689 yards and another four scores. He’s slowed down considerably since then, though, averaging just 575 yards in the past four seasons as he’s struggled to stay on the field.
The release leaves Danny Woodhead, Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley as the primary ball carriers heading into camp.