Banta-Cain released by Patriots

Updated: October 19, 2009, 6:31 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Bill Belichick's decision to go back to a 3-4 defense is apparently causing some roster adjustments at linebacker.

According to a source, the New England Patriots released veteran linebacker Tully Banta-Cain -- a 2003 seventh-round pick whom the Patriots brought in during the offseason -- in a surprise move Monday. On Sunday, Belichick de-activated linebacker Adalius Thomas, who was healthy but apparently not needed in the 3-4 scheme Belichick used in beating the Titans 59-0.

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