Today, the New England Patriots announced the release of WR Lavasier Tuinei and rookie OL Elvis Fisher. Tuinei lasted only a few days with the Patriots after being signed by the team on August 1st. Last season he was a rookie free agent out of Oregon until he was signed by Seattle and spent most of the season on the practice squad. Aside from the Patriots, he also spent time with Dallas and Cincinnati this off-season.
Fisher was released after spending exactly three months on the Patriots’ roster (signed May 3rd.). He started at left tackle and was named team captain in 2011 and 2012 during his college career with Missouri. At 6-5, 300 lbs., he came in two inches and 20 lbs shorter than Patriots starting left tackle, Nate Solder.
The release of these two players brings the Patriots roster size to 89, which leaves 1 empty spot that can be filled. The deadline for teams to cut the 90-man roster down to 75 is the third week of preseason. With the many position battles that will take place during preseason, particularly at wide receiver and line backer, it will be interesting to see who makes the cut for the 75-man roster and who gets the ax!