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Patriots waive ILB Tyrone McKenzie

The New England Patriots announced today that they have waived second-year inside linebacker Tyrone McKenzie.

McKenzie, a 2009 third-round draft pick out of South Florida, was listed behind rookie Brandon Spikes and third-year player Gary Guyton on the depth chart at the spot next to Jerod Mayo. Undrafted rookie free agent Dane Fletcher now takes McKenzie’s spot on the depth chart. This is just another footnote in a series of puzzling moves by the Patriots over the past two days.

Given McKenzie’s draft status and the fact that he was coming off a torn ACL that cost him all of his rookie season, his release is a big surprise. McKenzie had a strong preseason and survived the final cuts yesterday. McKenzie is eligible for the Patriots practice squad if he clears waviers.

In addition to McKenzie’s release, the club verified the acquisitions of Jarrad Page and linebacker Tracy White in separate trades, as well as the fact they were awarded tackle Steve Maneri off waivers from Houston. One final note, wide receiver Darnell Jenkins has cleared waviers and will be signed to the Patriots practice squad.


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