Defensive back Sergio Brown and wide receiver/special teams ace Sam Aiken will be released by the Patriots on Saturday, WEEI.com has learned. While Brown was a long-shot to make the roster — and still has practice-squad eligibility — the release of Aiken does comes as a mild surprise. Last year's special teams captain (he served as the punt protector), the 29-year-old Aiken caught 20 passes for 326 yards and two touchdowns last year.

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The Patriots will release outside linebackers Pierre Woods and Derrick Burgess, according to multiple media outlets. Burgess, 32, recorded five sacks with New England last season, while the 28-year-old Woods, who was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2006, spent the last four seasons with the Patriots working mainly as a situational linebacker and on special teams. The news on both players was first reported by ESPN.

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Various reports now indicate the Patriots have told offensive linemen Rich Ohrnberger, Ted Larsen and Thomas Welch they have all been released. Ohrnberger was a fourth-round pick in 2009 who played sparingly as a rookie, while Larsen (sixth round) and Welch (seventh round) were taken this past spring by the Patriots. (Larsen and Welch may stick around Foxboro, however, as they do have practice squad eligibility.)

Linebacker Eric Alexander has been released by the Patriots. Alexander, who has played for New England for the last six seasons, was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent in 2004. This morning, the 28-year-old posted "Anyone hiring??? I'm just recently unemployed...." as status on his official Facebook page. Predominantly a special teamer while with New England, his best season came in 2007 when finished with 18 tackles.

Making his weekly appearance on The Big Show, Patriots tackle Matt Light admitted that he has seen very little of "Hard Knocks," the popular NFL Films show documenting the Jets that airs Wednesdays on HBO. 

 

Light said that he caught his first glimpse of the show on Friday, when he saw a re-run of the most recent episode, which featured the Jets negotiating with quarterback Kellen Clemens over whether or not to release the player. 

 

The Patriots have confirmed the release of defensive lineman Damione Lewis, and also announced that offensive lineman Eric Ghiaciuc has been cut. A 6-foot-4, 303-pounder, he was signed by the Patriots on Aug. 4. He is a veteran of five NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals (2005-08) and San Diego Chargers (2009). He originally joined Cincinnati as a fourth-round draft pick in the 2005 draft out of Central Michigan.

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The Patriots have released tight ends Carson Butler and Rob Myers, according to a league source. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Butler, a 23-year-old out of Michigan, was signed by the Patriots on Aug. 2. Myers, 24, is a 6-foot-4, 240-pounder out of Utah State who was signed to New England's practice squad last November. Both players have practice squad eligibility, and could end up there when the practice squad is assembled this weekend. The news on both was first reported by ESPN.

Multiple outlets are reporting the Patriots have released defensive lineman Damione Lewis. The 32-year-old Lewis. who was picked up by the Patriots as a free agent on April 2, is a 6-foot-2, 301-pounder who was a first round pick of the Rams in 2001. He spent five seasons with St. Louis (2001-2005) and another four with Carolina before signing a one-year deal with New England this past offseason.

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Patriots lineman Stephen Neal joined the Dale & Holley show Friday. Neal was asked about fellow lineman Logan Mankins, who remains at home in California embroiled in a contract dispute. "You're definitely missing a Pro Bowl player, a tough guy and just a great guy to be around," Neal said. "But we can't really focus on that right now. Whoever's here, [let's] all strap it up and go out together."

 

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about Thursday's preseason loss to the Giants and the season outlook as the regular-season opener approaches. Mayo said the critics of this Patriots defense only serve to inspire the players.