The Patriots announced they have released 2011 second-rounder Ras-I Dowling.
Adam Schefter was first to report it.
Dowling was an injury ridden cornerback from Virginia. Dowling’s had a solid career at Virginia, which lead to him being picked with the first pick of the second round (33 overall) by the New England Patriots. Note, Dowling was hit with the injury bug often during his college days.
Dowling played 2 games in 2011 before a hip injury in week 2 against the Chargers landed him on the IR. In 2012, in October , the Patriots placed Dowling on the IR with a torn thigh muscle, ending his season. In 2012, he played in 7 games before his season ended, and he finished with 1 passes defended.
Dowling had a terrific spring with the team, even being awarded an offseason award by the team. But, as usual, when training camp began, it wasn’t long he suffered an injury. In early August, Dowling went down with an undisclosed injury.
Dowling was back to full participant in practice the final two days, but the injury bug that seems to plague him too often, has lead to his release.
Dowling has only played in 9 of 37 games in his first two seasons.