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Patriots reportedly cut DL Marcus Benard

08.30.13 at 2:06 pm ET

The Patriots continued to make cuts as they move to get to 53 players, releasing defensive lineman Marcus Benard in a bit of a surprise, according to a report from

Benard, 28, signed a reserve/future contract with the Patriots in January after being waived by the Browns last preseason. Benard had a team-high 7.5 sacks in 2010, his second NFL season, but he was injured in a motorcycle crash in October 2011 on his way home from practice and has not played since. In the accident, Benard was driving his three-wheeled Can-Am Spyder on Interstate 71 when he hit crossed four lanes and hit a highway guardrail while driving at a high rate of speed and was thrown 241 feet, according to police. Benard, who broke his right hand and suffered other unidentified injuries, was charged with reckless operation and driving under suspension.

Benard was initially signed by the Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2009.

There had been widespread speculation that Benard would earn a spot on the Patriots roster due in part to his versatility and pass-rushing ability.

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