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N.E. Patriots Release Katzenmoyer

June 14, 2002

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FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) _ The New England Patriots released injury-plagued linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer on Friday.

The Patriots drafted Katzenmoyer out of Ohio State with their second pick in the first round of the 1999 draft. He started 11 of 16 games as a rookie and recorded 107 tackles, including 3 1/2 sacks, but he damaged a disc in his neck against Buffalo.

He had surgery in November 2000 and missed the second half of the season.

During training camp last July 26, he left camp for two days without permission, citing concern about a feeling in his neck he experienced the first time he was hit.

He later said he had ``panicked″ and that he never contemplated retirement. He was placed on injured reserve on Aug. 28 and did not play during the season that ended with the Patriots winning the Super Bowl.

Katzenmoyer played in 24 games, starting 14, for New England and had 129 tackles.

A call to Katzenmoyer’s agent was not immediately returned Friday evening.

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