Patriots release cornerback Rashaan Melvin, tight end Joseph Fauria
By Doug Kyed
The New England Patriots opened two spots on their roster Tuesday.
The Patriots claimed Melvin off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens in October after placing cornerback Tarell Brown on injured reserve. Melvin has served as the Patriots’ No. 3 cornerback while rookie Justin Coleman has been out with a hand injury. He played just 67 total defensive snaps for the Patriots in eight games.
The Patriots now have an open spot on their 53-man roster and practice squad. Melvin’s release could be a good sign for the status of Coleman in Week 14. He returned to practice Friday but was inactive Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
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