Patriots Release LB Chad Brown

FOXBORO, Mass. -- The New England Patriots opted to part ways with one of their senior veterans on Thursday; linebacker Chad Brown. Brown has been a reserve defender for the team on and off since training camp. His release leaves open a roster spot.

The New England Patriots released veteran linebacker Chad Brown on Thursday. Brown participated in 2 games for the Patriots this season. The move leaves a roster spot open heading into the weekend's season finale.

Brown, 36, returned for his 15th NFL season when he agreed to join the Patriots during camp this past summer. He was released as part of the final round of roster cuts. He was re-signed, two more times through the season. He participated in two games for the Patriots this season (San Diego 9/16 and New York Jets 12/16), recording two special teams tackles.

Brown first joined the Patriots in 2005, becoming the team's starting inside linebacker. Since, he has played for the Steelers and the Patriots mostly as a reserve defender.

In his career, Brown has played for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1993-96, 2006), Seattle Seahawks (1997-2004) and New England Patriots (2005, 2007).

Injury Update:

The Patriots did not practice on Wednesday. The team held practice indoors on Thursday. Here is Thursday's update:

TE Kyle Brady (Foot), FB Kyle Eckel (stomach) and T Nick Kaczur (foot) did not practice.

DB Willie Andrews (Elbow), QB Tom Brady (Shoulder), S Rodney Harrison (Thigh), G Stephen Neal (Shoulder), TE Ben Watson (Ankle) and G Billy Yates (Foot) had limited practice.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw (Calf), CB Kevin Dockery (Hip), WR Sinorice Moss (Back) did not practice.

WR Plaxico Burress (Ankle) and DT Manny Wright (Ankle) had limited practice.

RB Brandon Jacobs (Ankle) participated fully in practice.

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