MeriweatherBrandon Meriweather has been cut loose by the New England Patriots as reported by The Boston Globe.

The decision was made by coach Bill Belichick since the NFL has a mandated 53 player roster. There is no doubt that Meriweather has been a hard worker and a great player, so it is a bit unclear as to why he was cut loose:

“His tenure with the team got off to a rocky start thanks to a couple of incidents during Meriweather’s time at the University of Miami: during a brawl with Florida International, he stomped on a couple of players; a couple of months earlier, he returned fire after roommate Willie Cooper was shot in the buttocks outside their off-campus apartment by an unknown assailant. Meriweather was cleared of any wrongdoing in the incident because he was found to be acting in self-defense and the gun he used was legally registered to him.

He stayed out of trouble both on and off the field with the Patriots until last October, when his vicious helmet-to-helmet hit on then-Raven Todd Heap became Exhibit A in the NFL’s clamp-down on potentially dangerous hits.”

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