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Report: Patriots to release Tully Banta-Cain

07.26.11 at 12:17 pm ET
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According to a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Patriots have informed outside linebacker Tully Banta-Cain that he will be released on Thursday.

This will end Banta-Cain’s second tenure in New England, and it comes after news that he had surgery last Friday to repair an abdominal tear.

A seventh-round pick of the Pats in 2003, the California product won Super Bowl rings with New England in Super Bowls 38 and 39, before signing with the 49ers in 2007. He was released in 2009 before catching on with the Pats once again. He had 15 sacks over the last two seasons. His 10 sacks in 2010 led the team.

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Highlights from Pat Chung’s Q&A with the media Tuesday morning

07.26.11 at 12:05 pm ET
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Here are some of the highlights from Pat Chung‘€™s Q&A with the media this morning at Gillette Stadium:

‘€œFirst, I want to give my condolences [to Robert Kraft and family] because that was hard. It was a great reception. I mean for her sons to get up there I don’t think I would be able to do that and make it a joyous thing and happy and positive. My [prayers] goes out to them. It takes a lot of stuff to do that.

‘€œWith that said, let’s get ready to go. I’m happy to be back. We’re working now. I miss the fans. I miss you guys, even though you guys give us a hard time sometimes. I’m glad to be back, man.’€

What was atmosphere like this morning? “Everybody was happy. I feel like I haven’t seen my brothers in a while. It’s hard not to be able communicate with the guys you’re playing with and the guys who are taking care of your body and the guys that are teaching you the playbook. It’s hard not to have that communication, now it’s back, it’s like we never missed a beat.”

Is this longest you’ve been away from the game? “I wasn’t away from the game. We were definitely working out. There were a bunch of guys working out. But being away from my teammates? Yeah, definitely. I’ve never been in a lockout before, but it’s over now.”

What did you do today? “We did our physicals. We’re just getting ready for tomorrow. Whatever Bill has scheduled for us tomorrow, we’ll be ready for.”

What was his message? “I haven’t talked to him yet. I just got in. I’ll talk to him today, but I can only imagine, he’s ready to go to. Things got going quick. Guys are ready and most guys are here getting their things done. It’s time to go to work.”

Did you stay local? How were those workouts? ‘€œIt was great. I was local, right here. Edge Performance System with Brian. He has us right. We’ve been working out for months now. Like I said, we didn’t skip a beat. We’ve been working out. We’re ready. We’re just going to translate that to the football field. He got us ready, so it’s time to go.’€
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Patriots sign Illinois defensive linemen Clay Nurse, Ryan Coulson

07.26.11 at 11:58 am ET
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Former Illinois defenseman lineman Clay Nurse has tweeted that he has signed with the Patriots.

Tweeted Nurse: “Its a blessing to finally be able to say that…… Im a New England PATROIT!!!!!!!”

The Pats have also reportedly inked former Nevada defensive end Ryan Coulson, according to a tweet from NE Patriots Draft. At 6-foot-2 and 255 pounds, Coulson is likely too small to play end in the Patriots’ 3-4 system, meaning he could potentially be tried as a pass-rushing outside linebacker. He had three and a half sacks as a senior at Nevada. Nurse, 6-foot-3 and 260 pounds, is also a bit undersized to play the five-technique. He had nine sacks over his final two years at Illinois.

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Patriots announce training camp schedule

07.26.11 at 11:25 am ET
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With training camp set to finally open for the Patriots on Thursday, the team announced the schedule for its first two days. The schedule for practices are as follows:

Thursday: 9:30-11:30am and 3:30-5:30pm

Friday: 9:30-11:30am and 3:30-5:30pm

Mark Herzlich signs with Giants

07.26.11 at 10:35 am ET
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Former Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich tweeted Tuesday that he will sign with the Giants as an undrafted free agent.

Tweeted Herzlich: “Decision is made I will be a GIANT can’t wait to get to NYC. Thank you for everything.”

Herzlich was a solid NFL prospect after earning 2008 ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors, but was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma (a form of bone cancer) in 2009. Now with a titanium rod in his left leg, Herzlich is cancer-free. He returned to the field last season with 65 tackles. For his career, Herzlich had 314 tackles, seven forced fumbles and 11 interceptions.

In signing with the Giants, Herzlich joins a BC-friendly team. Head coach Tom Coughlin coached the Eagles from 1991-1993, while former BC guard Chris Snee has been a Giant since his selection in the second round of the 2004 draft.

Herzlich said on SportsCenter that being undrafted has motivated him to be a force at the next level.

Said Herzlich: “I do have a chip on my shoulder, and there’s really no other way to go about it.”

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Report: Patriots to release Tony Carter

07.26.11 at 10:02 am ET
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According to a tweet from Fox’s Josina Anderson, the Patriots have told defensive back Tony Carter that they intend to release him.

Carter initially caught on with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He had one tackle in his lone season with the Patriots and was active for just two games. He had a pair of tackles in two games with the Broncos as a rookie.

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NFLPA player representatives make video to thank fans for ‘support, patience’

07.26.11 at 9:52 am ET
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In anticipation of the opening of training camps across the league, the NFL Players Association created a YouTube video showing some of its player representatives, including Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, free-agent linebacker Takeo Spikes and Bears kicker Robbie Gould, thanking NFL fans for their “support and patience” during the now-over NFL lockout. Patriots union rep Matt Light does not appear in the video, which is embedded below and is 2:22 long.

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