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Patriots release OL Markus Zusevics

The New England Patriots announced the release of second-year offensive lineman Markus Zusevics, who was a longshot to make the roster. Zusevics spent the 2013 season on injured reserve.

Zusevics, who played in college at Iowa, had originally signed with the team as an undrafted free agent in May of 2012. After tearing his pectoral muscle at the NFL combine, he opened the 2012 season on the reserve/non-football injury list before he was added to the team's 53-man roster (in place of receiver Greg Salas) to add depth to a banged-up offensive line. He never appeared in a regular-season game with the team.

In addition to the roster move with Zusevics, the Patriots officially announced the release of veteran defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga.