LB Jeff Tarpinian released

The Patriots announced the release of linebacker Jeff Tarpinian on Monday, creating an open spot on the 53-man roster. No corresponding move was announced.

However, the Patriots will soon need an open spot for cornerback Aqib Talib, who has just finished serving a four-game NFL suspension.

Also, with starting guards Dan Connolly (back) and Logan Mankins (ankle) leaving Sunday's game with injuries, the club might be eyeing more depth up front. Had Matt Tennant not signed with the Eagles, he could have helped after spending some time with the Patriots this season.

Tarpinian, 25, was a core special teams player who opened the year on the team's practice squad. He was signed to the 53-man roster on Oct. 20 and played in the last three games, coming on for six snaps at the end the 45-7 rout of the Rams on Oct. 28.

The Patriots also have linebackers Niko Koutouvides and Mike Rivera on the roster, and they are primarily special teamers. Also, injured linebacker Tracy White (left foot), whose primary contributions come on special teams, could be closer to a return.

Tarpinian still has practice squad eligibility.