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Clay Nurse starts the parade of cuts for the Patriots

08.29.11 at 1:18 pm ET

It appears the cuts have started in Foxboro a day before the Tuesday deadline. Former Illinois defensive lineman Clay Nurse tweeted Monday afternoon: Welp, its been real New England. On to the next opportunity. Nurse, 6-foot-3 and 260 pounds, was one of several defensive linemen the Patriots picked up in the offseason, but never saw any serious time with New England through the first three weeks of the preseason.

The Patriots have to be down to 80 players by Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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