Gaffney, Stallworth among Patriots' cuts

The New England Patriots made two significant cuts at wide receiver on Monday, releasing veteran receivers Jabar Gaffney and Donte' Stallworth. They were two of five cuts the Patriots made to get under the NFL-mandated 75 player limit.

The Patriots also released veterans Ross Ventrone, Gerard Warren and Tim Bulman.

Defensive backs Will Allen and Josh Barrett, as well as fullback Spencer Larsen, were placed on injured reserve.

But the most surprising cut was Gaffney. He was one of Tom Brady's favorite receivers and was expected to make the team after re-signing with New England in free agency this offseason. Stallworth also was competing for a roster spot and was considered on the bubble for the 53-man roster.

In addition, the Patriots claimed wide receiver Kerry Taylor off waivers from the Minnesota Vikings.