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New England Patriots release Jeff Tarpinian

The New England Patriots have released linebacker and special teams ace Jeff Tarpinian for the second time this season, and it is likely to make room for Aqib Talib on the 53-man roster. The 25-year-old was serviceable as a special teamer, but Talib’s roster exemption expires on the 19th.

The Patriots also worked out four players yesterday, so it looks like they are preparing for more moves in the near future. They could also try to secure depth on the offensive line due to the injuries to Logan Mankins and Nick McDonald, so that is also something to watch for.

Tarpinian could sign with the Pats again a little bit later on this season, as both sides are comfortable with each other and the constant flip-flop in-and-out of the roster. He also still has practice squad eligibility.

Tracy White is one of the three linebackers on the Patriots roster who fills out the same role as Tarpinian does on depth and special teams, and he has been out for a long time with a foot injury. Does this mean he is closer to a return? The Pats originally re-signed Tarpinian in late October to shore up depth at the position. Mike Rivera was also recently signed for that same reason, and the Patriots still have veteran LB/ST Niko Koutouvides on the roster.

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