Patriots release RB Joseph Addai

Updated: July 26, 2012, 1:47 PM ET
By Mike Reiss and Mike Rodak | ESPNBoston.com

The New England Patriots released running back Joseph Addai on Wednesday, one day before the team's first training camp practice.

Addai had failed the team physical, a league source told ESPNBoston.com Patriots contributor Field Yates.

The move comes as a mild surprise, with Addai signing a one-year contract in May that included a $75,000 signing bonus and $50,000 workout bonus. His veteran presence had been lauded by some of the team's younger backs in spring camps.

When asked about Addai's release on Thursday, coach Bill Belichick said simply, "It didn't work out."

This leaves second-year players Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, Danny Woodhead and rookie free agent Brandon Bolden as the lone backs on the roster.

In other moves, the team removed linebacker Brandon Spikes from the active/physically unable to perform list on Wednesday, a league source confirmed. Spikes had missed all offseason practices with an injury, but this likely signals he will be ready to practice on Thursday.

Reserve offensive lineman Nick McDonald was placed on the active/PUP list Wednesday. The reason for the move was not immediately known. McDonald had been a full participant in organized team activities and minicamp.

The Patriots also confirmed the previously reported signings of tight end Visanthe Shiancoe and defensive lineman Tim Bulman on Wednesday.

The 32-year old Shiancoe signed a one-year deal, according to a league source. It includes a $1.2 million base salary, $400,000 of which is guaranteed. Incentives can push the total value of the contract to $2 million.

Bulman is a native of Milton, Mass., and played at Boston College. The 29-year old had played for the Houston Texans since 2006.

ESPN Boston reporter Field Yates contributed to this report.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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