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Patriots announce first round of cuts; Neal to PUP

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots placed veteran offensive lineman Stephen Neal on the reserve/physically unable to perform list with a shoulder injury and placed veteran tackle Ryan O'Callaghan on the reserve/injured list with a shoulder injury today. Additionally, the team released fullback Kyle Eckel, cornerback Jason Webster and offensive lineman Ryan Wendell. The Patriots are in compliance with the NFL's 75-player roster limit, which went into effect at 4:00 p.m. EDT today. Roster lines for all players involved in today's transactions are listed below.

PLACED ON RESERVE/PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM LIST

# Name POS HT WT BORN YR COLLEGE HOMETOWN
61 Neal, Stephen G 6-4 305 10/9/1976 7 Cal State-Bakersfield San Diego, Calif.

PLACED ON RESERVE/INJURED LIST
# Name POS HT WT BORN YR COLLEGE HOMETOWN
68 O'Callaghan, Ryan T 6-7 330 7/19/1983 3 California Redding, Calif.

RELEASED BY THE PATRIOTS

# Name POS HT WT BORN YR COLLEGE HOMETOWN
38 Eckel, Kyle FB 5-11 237 12/30/1981 2 Navy Haverford, Pa.
21 Webster, Jason CB 5-9 187 9/8/1977 9 Texas A&M Houston, Texas
62 Wendell, Ryan G 6-2 275 3/4/1986 R Fresno State Diamond Bar, Calif.

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