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Patriots reportedly release Greg Salas, two others

Bill Belichick, Brandon Lloyd, Greg Salas AP

Blink and you missed the Greg Salas era in New England.

Field Yates of ESPNBoston.com reports that the team has released the wide receiver after just two games. Salas didn’t play in either of those games, which should give some idea about why he’s no longer going to be part of the mix at wide receiver for the Pats. The 2011 fourth-round pick was acquired in a trade with the Rams on Sept. 1 that cost the Patriots a 2015 conditional draft choice.

Per Yates, Salas isn’t the only player leaving the team. Running back Lex Hilliard and linebacker Mike Rivera have also reportedly been given pink slips on Tuesday. Hilliard and Rivera played on special teams for the Patriots in the first two weeks with Hilliard also seeing a little action with the offense.

Tight end Kellen Winslow accounts for one of the newly opened roster spots and the team worked out seven players on Tuesday. Wide receiver Brian Robiskie, recently sent packing by the Jaguars, and former Eagles defensive tackle Antonio Dixon were among the players trying to land a job in New England.

UPDATE 6:32 p.m. ET: They’ve reportedly filled one of those open spots by bringing wide receiver Deion Branch back for a third tour of duty with the team.

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9 Responses to “Patriots reportedly release Greg Salas, two others”
  1. truetrue85 says: Sep 18, 2012 6:02 PM

    3 spots open you say?

    1. Kellen Winslow Jr.
    2. Deion Branch
    3. Jabar Gaffney

    Sounds about right to me.

  2. dolphins4 says: Sep 18, 2012 6:04 PM

    Dixon is a really good defensive tackle.

  3. ampats says: Sep 18, 2012 6:15 PM

    Branch is a given and has been already reported to be back.

    They need another LB and my guess is Bobby Carpenter who had a great camp will be back. I didn’t understand why they cut him?

  4. mdpickles says: Sep 18, 2012 6:18 PM

    I’ll also vouch for Dixon. Caught in a numbers game in Philly this preseason. The battle between Cedric Thornton and Dixon was fierce. Solid against the run and surprisingly good pass rush for a DT.

  5. bushwoodcc says: Sep 18, 2012 6:44 PM

    3rd spot…Brian Waters?

  6. 303bengalguy says: Sep 18, 2012 7:01 PM

    I remember Dolphin fans saying “watch out for Lex Hilliard!! He’s a STUD!” a few years back.

  7. trojanwarrior007 says: Sep 18, 2012 7:15 PM

    3rd spot….a non functioning turnstyle to put on that O-line.

  8. eaglesfan036 says: Sep 18, 2012 7:36 PM

    They should sign Dixon, he’s an average starter but a great back up to have who just lost in the numbers game in philly.

  9. randallflagg52 says: Sep 18, 2012 8:03 PM

    Can the Rams ever draft a WR? Seems like every wide out they take is a huge bust since Torry Holt.

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