Patriots release DT Lewis, OL Ghiaciuc

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots have released defensive lineman Damione Lewis and offensive lineman Eric Ghiaciuc.

Friday's moves came one day before the deadline for teams to reduce their rosters to the regular-season limit of 53 players.

Lewis, a first-round draft pick by the St. Louis Rams in 2001, was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on April 10 after spending the previous four seasons with the Carolina Panthers. He had been expected to provide depth after defensive end Jarvis Green left for the Denver Broncos as a free agent.

Ghiaciuc signed with the Patriots on Aug. 4 after five NFL seasons, his first four with the Cincinnati Bengals and then the San Diego Chargers last season.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

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