The Patriots waived cornerback Rashaan Melvin from their 53-man roster and terminated the contract of practice squad tight end Joseph Fauria, according to a source.
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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.