Demaryius Thomas was one of the stars in the preseason final in New England, but he will not be on the first 53-man list of patriots.
The Patriots released the Experienced Recipient before Saturday's schedule expiration on reports by IAP Rapoport of NFL Media and Field Yates of ESPN.
After ripping off Achilles last December and spending the entire training camp on the physically incompetent list, Thomas impressed him on his debut season the patriots. Seven passes on eight goals for 87 yards and two touchdowns in a defeat against the New York Giants.
Thomas may not be long gone.
The 31-year-old is a seasoned veteran, so he does not have to give up any waivers before signing with another team. This also means that the Patriots may be able to re-sign the former Denver Broncos star after completing their original list.
This seems to be the intent of the team, according to a report by Mike Giardi of NFL Media.
One reason for this would be to release a duty roster to place another player in the injured reserve to activate it during the season. If a player is set to IR before the final cut, he can not return during the season. Players set to IR after the cut-down day can be activated after eight games.
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