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09/03/2010 - 2:23pm
Patriots release Butler, Myers

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.

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09/03/2010 - 1:46pm
Reports: Patriots cut Lewis

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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09/03/2010 - 12:09pm
Neal on D&H: Moving on without Mankins

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."

 

Neal said he's been impressed by tight end Alge Crumpler, who is in his first season with the Patriots after nine years in the league. "He's a great addition to this football team," Neal said. "We have a couple of young tight ends. ... He's giving them great words of insiration and really getting them on track. I think he's going to be a great leader on this team, helping the young tight ends come along."

 

Neal and guest co-host Troy Brown told the story of Neal's first training camp...

09/03/2010 - 11:43am
Roethlisberger suspension now 4 games

After meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell Friday morning, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had his suspension reduced from six games to four.

 

Roethlisberger was suspended in April for violating the league's personal conduct policy after being accused of sexually assaulting a college student in Georgia. Goodell indicated then that Roethlisberger could have his penalty reduced by two games if his behavior lived up to the league's standards.

 

The league said the "reinstatement is contingent on Roethlisberger continuing to adhere to the program established by our advisors and avoiding any further violations of the personal conduct policy."

 

"You have told me and the Steelers that you are committed to making better decisions," Goodell said in a letter to Roethlisberger. "Your actions over the past several months have been consistent with that promise and you must...

09/03/2010 - 10:01am
Mayo on D&C: Spikes needs to 'get over it'

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.

 

"You definitely have to use it as motivation," Mayo said. "I try not to get into all the media and the callers and stuff like that. At the same time, you still hear the things. You use it as motivation. They said the same thing last year. They kind of bashed our defense. But we still ended up fifth in scoring defense in the league. Even though we had a couple of bad games — you take away a couple of those bad games last year, we would have been up pretty close to the top. At the same time, we have to go out every week and prove the doubters wrong."

 

Mayo said one the keys for the defense is to get more pressure on the...

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