Four more New England Patriots players have turned in their playbooks.
The Patriots announced Monday that they have released defensive tackles Tommy Kelly and Will Smith, linebacker James Anderson and rookie tight end Justin Jones.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the team’s three defensive cuts Sunday afternoon.
Only Kelly has experience playing for the Patriots, having appeared in five games for New England last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury.
Anderson played all 16 games with the Chicago Bears in 2013, while Smith has not seen game action since 2012. He suffered a knee injury in training camp with the New Orleans Saints last summer and was released after the season.
Jones, an East Carolina product who signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent, had already been released by the team once during training camp. He was re-signed last Monday but did not appear in New England’s third preseason game — a 30-7 win over the Carolina Panthers.
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