FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- One day after finishing a winless preseason, the New England Patriots released four players they had signed as free agents.
They cut nose tackle Steve Fifita, offensive lineman Jimmy Martin, cornerback Jeff Shoate and tight end Jonathan Stupar, reducing their roster to 71 players Friday. They must get down to the regular season limit of 53 by 6 p.m. Saturday.
"We have watched (Thursday's) game and moved on pretty quickly to meetings on roster decisions, personnel options and things like that," coach Bill Belichick said in a conference call Friday. "It was a short night, but we just have to push through it here and figure out our final roster decisions."
Martin signed with the Patriots on Feb. 5 after being drafted by San Diego in the seventh round in 2006. He hasn't played in an NFL game.
Stupar signed as a rookie free agent on May 2 after four years at Virginia.
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