FOXBORO -- The Patriots officially released tight end Kellen Winslow on Thursday afternoon, with no immediate roster addition announced.
The move, first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, leaves the Patriots with three tight ends for this weekend, as Rob Gronkowski, Michael Hoomanawanui and Daniel Fells. Schefter reported that the 29-year-old Winslow, who has battled chronic right knee injuries, asked for and received his release from the Patriots on Thursday. Winslow declined to speak to reporters at Gillette Stadium on Thursday morning before the team headed out for practice.
Schefter noted that tight end Aaron Hernandez, who suffered a right ankle injury against the Cardinals in Week 2 and did not play in Week 3, is improving. Winslow was signed following the injury to Hernandez and played his only game with the Pats in Week 3 against the Ravens.
Tweeted Schefter :
TE Kellen Winslow asked for and received release from Patriots, per source. Also sounds like Aaron Hernandez healing quicker than expected.
In his only game playing for New England, Winslow had one reception for 12 yards on two targets. Winslow caught 75 passes last season for the Bucs for 763 yards and two touchdowns and played in all 16 games for his team in the previous three seasons.
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