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Patriots release James Sanders

Updated: August 29, 2011, 11:35 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

The New England Patriots released veteran safety James Sanders Monday, a decision which caught him off guard.

"It was a shock. It wasn't one of the things I was expecting to hear today. It didn't cross my mind," Sanders said Monday afternoon.

Sanders wasn't given a reason for the team's decision, and said he was disappointed in not having a chance to compete for a roster spot. He injured his left hamstring while doing conditioning work before training camp began, and had only ...

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