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Patriots release five players


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots announced today that they have released DL Frank Herron, CB Ryan Lewis, WR Devin Lucien, RB Khalfani Muhammad and WR Paul Turner.

Herron, 24, was signed by New England as a rookie free agent out of Louisiana State on May 11, 2018. The 6-foot-4, 312-pounder missed the first six games of his senior season in 2017 due to injury before playing in the final five contests for Louisiana State, totaling 21 tackles was a key reserve for LSU over his final three college seasons.

Lewis, 24, spent the majority of the 2017 season on the Patriots practice squad. The 6-foot, 195-pounder originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent out of Pittsburgh with Arizona on May 2, 2017. Lewis was released by the Cardinals prior to the start of the regular season and had a brief stint on the Arizona practice squad before coming to New England.

Lucien, 25, was signed by New England on July 23, 2018. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder was originally drafted by New England in the seventh round (225th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Arizona State. Lucien spent his rookie season on the Patriots practice squad and went to training camp with New England last year. He has also had stints on the Indianapolis, Kansas City, Houston and Tampa Bay practice squads. Lucien has not played in an NFL game.

Muhammad, 23, signed with New England on Aug. 27, 2018. The 5-foot-7, 174-pounder originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick (241st overall) by Tennessee out of California in the 2017 NFL Draft. Muhammad spent the majority of his rookie season on the Titans practice squad. He has not appeared in an NFL game and was released by the Titans on April 30, 2018.

Turner, 25, was signed by New England on July 27, 2018. The 5-foot-10, 193-pounder originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Philadelphia on May 5, 2016 out of Louisiana Tech. Turner began his rookie season on the Philadelphia practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster on Nov. 21, 2016. He played in four games with two starts and registered nine receptions for 126 yards. Turner was released by Philadelphia after training camp last season before signing a futures contract with New Orleans in January. He was released by New Orleans on June 21, 2018.

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