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Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Patriots cut Webster, place Neal on PUP list


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

The New England Patriots have gotten their roster down to 75.

They have released CB Jason Webster, FB Kyle Eckel and OL Ryan Wendell. They also placed G Stephen Neal on the physically unable-to-perform list and T Ryan O'Callaghan on injured reserve.

Neal and O'Callaghan have shoulder injuries. Neal won't be eligible to play until after Week 6, presumably leaving his starting right guard position for Billy Yates and Russ Hochstein to keep warm.

Webster was one of the Patriots' bigger offseason acquisitions, signing a one-year deal for $819,000 in March. The eight-year veteran was among a group of cornerbacks brought in through free agency and the draft to fill the void from Asante Samuel's free-agent departure to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Webster, who missed 15 games last year for the Buffalo Bills because of a broken forearm, returned to practice Monday for the first time since July 26, when a hamstring injury sidelined him.