BOSTON (CBS) —  The New England Patriots released six players and placed two more on injured reserve, trimming their roster to the league-mandated 75 players by Tuesday’s deadline.

The following six players were released:

DL Ben Bass
DB Travis Hawkins
LB Deontae Skinner
DB Jemea Thomas
WR Wilson Van Hooser
WR Derrick Johnson

Bass was acquired by the Patriots in a trade with the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for defensive back Justin Green last week, but injuries kept him from taking the field with his new team.

Thomas was a sixth round pick by the Patriots in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Georgia Tech. Hawkins, Johnson, Skinner and Van Hooser were all rookie free agents signed by the Patriots following the draft.

The Patriots also placed rookie running back Tyler Gaffney and rookie linebacker Cameron Gordon on injured reserve.

This is just the first round of cuts before the start of the regular season. Teams will have to trim their roster to 53 players by Saturday.


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