Patriots release Pass

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots have released running back Patrick Pass a week after signing him.

Pass was cut Thursday, ending his bid to stick with the team he played for from 2000-06 as a backup. He was released after the 2006 season, played one game with the New York Giants in 2007 and then dropped out of football.

Pass called coach Bill Belichick last Wednesday, had a workout and signed. He played as a running back and blocking back in his previous stint with the Patriots and started at fullback in their 2005 Super Bowl win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Pass was one of only seven current Patriots who were on all three of New England's Super Bowl champion teams.