Patriots Cut Ties with Veteran Wide Receiver Who Was Injured

August 23, 2018

Patriots wide receiver Kenny Britt during a happier time in the locker room he was cut by the team Wednesday. AP PHOTO

The Patriots are releasing wide receiver Kenny Britt, a surprising move given the team’s lack of depth at the position.

Britt’s agent, Fadde Mikhail, confirmed the news on Twitter.

Britt suffered a hamstring injury on June 5 and struggled to return to the field. He came off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list on Aug. 4, but couldn’t return to full practice participation.

It seemed as though Britt was trending in the right direction, though. He took part in positional drills early in Tuesday’s practice. It’s unclear if Britt experienced a setback within the past few days.

The 6-foot-4, 228-pound Britt was signed by the Patriots in December after he was released by the Browns. He enjoyed a strong spring before suffering the hamstring injury. Britt, 29, is two years removed from a career season with the Rams, when he posted 68 receptions for 1,002 yards.

Britt is the third Patriots receiver to be released this summer. The team also cut ties with Jordan Matthews and Malcolm Mitchell. Like Britt, both players were battling injuries.

With the regular season just over two weeks away, the top of the Patriots’ receiver depth chart consists of Julian Edelman (suspended four games), Phillip Dorsett, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Eric Decker.

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