According to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Patriots have informed linebacker Tully Banta-Cain that he will be released on Thursday.

Banta-Cain -- who underwent surgery last Friday to repair an abdominal tear -- had a team-best 10 sacks in 2010 and five sacks in 2011, second on the club to Mike Wright's 5.5. 

Banta-Cain was set to earn a base salary of $2.3 million in 2011.

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Former Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich has signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent.

"Decision is made I will be a #GIANT can't wait to get to #NYC. Thank you for everything." tweeted Herzlich on Tuesday morning. 

The Patriots announced that they will hold their first training camp practice on Thursday, which will be open to the public (times to be announced). Camp will actually open on Wednesday when players are scheduled to report. The first practices are likely to be light as the players begin to work their way into football shape.

The team also has a hotline number for fans to call to get updated practice information: 508-549-0001.

According to multiple reports, the Patriots will open their training camp Wednesday. Under terms of the deal being considered by players, teams will be allowed to open camps 15 days before their first preseason game. That means the Patriots would join the Broncos, Cardinals, Cowboys, Chargers, Eagles, Jaguars, Raiders, Ravens and Seahawks as first to open.

When the business of football resumes — presumably, sometime this coming week — it will kick start a series of events the likes of which the NFL has never seen. Teams will have to hit the ground running, getting used to the new rules and regulations while scrambling to find free agents and getting their own rookies signed in a handful of days.



Patriots outside linebacker Tully Banta-Cain underwent surgery for an abdominal tear on Friday, according to a league source. It was an injury he had been dogged by last season, and it flared up during recent offseason workouts. (The usual recovery time for such an injury is approximately 4-6 weeks.) Banta-Cain, 30, is entering his ninth season in the NFL, and his seventh with the Patriots. Last season, he played in 15 games and ended up with 50 tackles and five sacks. The news was first reported by Shalise Manza-Young of The Boston Globe.

According to ESPN.com, sources from both the NFL Players Association and the NFL owners have reached an agreement on what were the remaining disputed points in negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement, paving the way for a new 10-year labor deal. A majority vote is still needed from the players, but that, according to the report, appears to be a formality.

Sports Illustrated's Peter King joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday to discuss the latest developments in the NFL labor negotiations. On Thursday night, NFL owners voted to accept a deal, but players have yet to sign off on it.

"The night was just filled with curveballs," King said, adding, "It's very much a moving target."

One of the holdups is said to be the players' concerns about supplemental revenue sharing, but King questions why that would be an issue.

The Patriots released the following statement regarding the public services for Myra Kraft:

Due to the overwhelming response to the passing of Myra Kraft, the number of persons interested in attending the public services on Friday is expected to exceed the capacity of Temple Emmanuel.

Very limited parking is available via a satellite lot located at Boston College Law School (885 Centre Street, Newton, MA). Shuttle service will be provided from the lot to the Temple. Attendees should also be aware of extreme heat and humidity in the forecast.

Logan Mankins never made any monetary demands and is not holding up any potential settlement between the players and the owners, according to a statement made by his agent Frank Bauer to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.