Patriots’ List of Cuts Includes James Sanders, Jonathan Wilhite, Matt Katula

James Sanders wasn't the only notable player who was released by the Patriots on Monday.

The Pats also announced they have released tight end Garrett Mills, long snapper Matt Katula, wide receiver Tyree Barnes, wide receiver Darnell Jenkins, kicker Chris Koepplin, defensive lineman Clay Nurse, defensive lineman Kade Weston, offensive lineman Mark Wetterer, cornerback Jonathan Wilhite and cornerback Malcolm Williams.

Wilhite, a former starter, left Saturday's game against the Lions with an injury. Prior to that, he had fallen down the depth chart, which head coach Bill Belichick noted Monday on a conference call.

Williams was the Patriots' seventh-round pick in April's draft. He's the team's first 2011 draft pick to get cut.

Belichick said the Patriots would sign another long snapper in time for Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants. Linebacker Rob Ninkovich can snap in emergency duty.

The Patriots also announced they have signed safety Ross Ventrone and wide receiver Tiquan Underwood.

It's also important to note that the Patriots did not cut running back Eric Kettani. Earlier in the day, a report surfaced indicating Kettani had been released.

With the list of transactions, the Patriots trimmed their roster to 81 players. Teams must be down to 80 players by 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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