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Report: Pats cut Fanene with failure to disclose physical condition designation

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There wasn’t much odd about the football reasons behind the Patriots’ decision to part ways with defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene on Tuesday.

New England has seen several young linemen play well in the preseason while Fanene has been sidelined with a knee injury that ESPNBoston.com reports may require arthroscopic surgery. Such is life in the NFL.

What was odd is that the Patriots chose to cut him now when they gave him a $3.85 million signing bonus when he signed with the team in March. Such things usually buy you extra time, especially when there’s a cap hit in 2013 to follow. Asking Bill Belichick for some insight into the decision making process didn’t make things any clearer.

“It just didn’t work out. I don’t really think there’s much to add than that; it just didn’t work out,” Belichick said on a conference call with reporters.

According to Ross Tucker of SiriusXM NFL Radio and Sports USA, there may be something more to add. Tucker reports that an NFL source passed along word that the Patriots cut Fanene under the failure to disclose physical condition designation, a move that would indicate that they are going after at least part of that signing bonus.

Tie that to the surgery report and the reason for the timing of the Fanene move becomes much clearer.

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10 Responses to “Report: Pats cut Fanene with failure to disclose physical condition designation”
  1. habsman says: Aug 22, 2012 9:45 AM

    Seems odd that a team would sign a FA without a medical examination or conditioning test. Maybe the Doctors missed it?

  2. kacapaco says: Aug 22, 2012 10:42 AM

    Though Docs can pick injuries, chances are a player/patient can cheat doctors. Remember, the team is not going to MRI every organ of players.

  3. steveb9995 says: Aug 22, 2012 10:46 AM

    How did he pass his physical? I’m sure the Pats are asking that same question of their medical staff…

  4. oldschoolomen says: Aug 22, 2012 10:56 AM

    So, Fanene failed to disclose the injury that everyone knew he had? Hmm…

  5. samoanjungle says: Aug 22, 2012 11:49 AM

    Uhhh he got 6.5 sacks and a lot of pressures on the QB for the Bengals last year so they would have a tough time proving this was pre-existing. Didn’t he participate up until July?
    Seems kind of crappy by the Pats. I hope he comes back to the Bengals and has a great year.

  6. catquick says: Aug 22, 2012 1:04 PM

    Once again, the Pats help bolster the reputation oaf unfriendly club to go to. They’re strangling their future.

  7. covercorner says: Aug 22, 2012 4:12 PM

    The Patriots did not honor his contract.

  8. bengalwaco says: Aug 22, 2012 11:22 PM

    Played very well for us last year. Hope he catches on somewhere.

  9. p4tri0ts says: Aug 23, 2012 12:46 AM

    You people act like this is a first someone got cut after just getting signed…. what if he just sucked really bad? They suppose to keep a crappy player just because they have a contract with him? Come on patriots haters, just stop. Makes you look ridiculous

  10. twelsh36446 says: Aug 25, 2012 9:02 AM

    Players do that all the time on the Lions team.

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