The Patriots have released fullback Spencer Larsen, reports Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.
The move comes as a bit of a surprise, as the Patriots had agreed to a two-year contract with Larsen in March that included a $250,000 signing bonus.
Larsen was one of two veteran fullbacks the Patriots signed in the offseason, along with Tony Fiammetta, who will miss the season after being placed on the reserve/left squad list earlier this month.
The signings may have signaled that the Patriots would be incorporating a fullback more into their offense this season. Now only first-year fullback Eric Kettani remains on the roster, with the 53-man cutdown still looming on Friday.
Injuries may have played a factor in Larsen's release. He missed the bulk of training camp with an undisclosed injury, and made his preseason debut on Friday night in Tampa. However, Larsen limped off the field in the first half with an apparent right leg injury, and did not return.