With the Patriots in a stretch of three games in 10 days and the first round of cuts looming in less than a week, a handful of players have to maximize their opportunities in the limited amount of practice time they have.



The Patriots announced Tuesday afternoon they have released defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene, offensive lineman Kyle Hill and kicker Chris Koepplin.

FOXBORO -- It was the unquestioned low point of the night for a Patriots’ offensive line that has already had a few of them this summer.



FOXBORO -- The Patriots did not play 27 of their roster players on Monday night in a 27-17 preseason loss to the Eagles at Gillette Stadium. The only first-team skill player on offense that played was Stevan Ridley but he didn't play until the second half as Tom Brady, Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Jabar Gaffney all got the night off. 

FOXBORO -- Patriots edge rusher Jermaine Cunningham knocked out Michael Vick with one hellacious hit to the ribs in the first quarter of Monday night's preseason game against the Eagles. The hit was so hard that Vick didn't play another snap and headed immediately to the locker room for x-Rays, which came back negative. 

"It's football," Cunningham said. "Hits like that happen all the time."

FOXBORO -- With over 25 players not playing, the Patriots got a long look at second and third team players battling for roster spots during a 27-17 preseason loss to the Eagles at Gillette Stadium Monday night. Steve Gostkowski was one of the stars of the game for New England, converting all three field goal attempts, including a 55-yarder in the third quarter. Tom Brady was one of several starters that did not play, joining Rob Gronkowski, Jerod Mayo, Vince Wilfork, Aaron Hernandez, Wes Welker, Jabar Gaffney, Brandon Lloyd and Logan Mankins.

FOXBORO -- Patrick Chung and Michael Vick left Monday night's preseason game after suffering injuries in the first quarter. Both players headed immediately to their respective locker rooms with neither expected to return. 

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady will not play against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second preseason game of the year, according to a tweet from the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe. 

In the second preseason game, things get a little more exciting, as starters usually play for nearly a half, while with the first series of cuts looming in just over a week (rosters must be down to 80 by Aug. 27), the snaps become so much more important for the guys on the roster bubble.



Both right tackle Sebastian Vollmer and tight end Daniel Fells are close to coming off the physically unable to perform list, according to a report from Comcast Sports Net. Vollmer has dealt with injury issues for much of the last year, including a back problem, while Fells reportedly re-aggravated a knee injury he suffered last season while with Denver. Both were sidelined throughout the spring and summer practice sessions.

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