Patriots waive ILB Tyrone McKenzie

The Patriots have waived second-year inside linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, the club announced today.

McKenzie, a 2009 third-round draft choice, was behind rookie Brandon Spikes and third-year player Gary Guyton on the depth chart at the spot next to Jerod Mayo. Rookie free agent Dane Fletcher now takes McKenzie's spot on the depth chart.

The move is a mild surprise given McKenzie's draft status and that he was coming off a torn ACL that cost him all of his rookie season.