BOSTON (CBS) – The New England Patriots cut three players on Monday, releasing linebacker A.J. Edds, offensive lineman R.J. Mattes and defensive lineman Scott Vallone.

This was Edds second sting with the Patriots, as he played two games with New England in 2011 before being signed to the practice squad. A fourth-round draft pick by the Miami Dolphins out of Iowa in 2010, Edds was signed off the Patriots practice squad by the Indianapolis Colts in September of 2011. He played nine games with the Colts that season but spent the entire 2012 seaosn on the IR with a knee injury.

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The Pats originally signed Mattes as a rookie free agent out of North Carolina State in May, releasing him later that month before bringing him back in early June. He saw action in Friday night’s preseason win over the Buccaneers, but left in the second quarter with a leg injury.

Vallone was signed by New England as a rookie free agent in August out of Rutgers, where he was a four-year starter at defensive tackle.

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All three players released on Monday were unlikely to make the final cut, and with the moves the Patriots now have six open spots on the 90-man roster.

Tune in to the Patriots-Lions preseason game on Thursday night on WBZ-TV and 98.5 The Sports Hub — the flagship stations of the New England Patriots! Pregame coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. on 98.5 The Sports Hub, and Bob Socci and Scott Zolak have the call of the game at 7:30 p.m.. WBZ-TV has a special edition of Patriots GameDay at 7 p.m., with Patriots 5th Quarter on immediately following the game!


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