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Reggie Wayne granted release from Patriots

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Reggie Wayne survived just two weeks on the New England Patriots' roster.

The former Indianapolis Colts star asked for and was granted his release Saturday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source close to the veteran wide receiver. Wayne is evaluating options for his future, a source told NFL Media's Rand Getlin.

Wayne caught two passes for 24 yards in two preseason games after landing a $450,000 signing bonus on Aug. 24.

"Obviously, Reggie's time here was brief but it only confirmed what I already thought -- he is a true professional who represents every positive attribute a player should emulate," Bill Belichick said in a statement. "Our parting was mutually agreed upon and I am personally grateful to have worked with one of the great NFL players of the past two decades."

Just two days ago, Wayne expressed support for Tom Brady's suspension nullification and optimism for his own future in New England.

"That's my quarterback. ... I'm excited he's available," Wayne said. "Now Reggie's gotta take care of what Reggie's gotta take care of. That's getting in my playbook, correcting all of the mistakes I made tonight and get better. I've only been here a week and-a-half or so, so I'm behind the eight-ball."

This could mark the end of the line for the 36-year-old, who was a liability while playing through a torn triceps in addition to knee and elbow injuries last season.

Wayne's 14,345 receiving yards are the eighth-most in NFL history, just 235 behind former teammate Marvin Harrison. As a six-time Pro Bowl selection with impressive career numbers, he has strong Hall of Fame credentials.

With Wayne out of the picture, the Patriots will enter the season hoping Julian Edelman's injured leg is stable enough to join Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson and undrafted rookie Chris Harper in the wide receiver corps.

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