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Patriots release Greg Spires

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             FOXBORO, Mass The New England Patriots announced that they have released defensive end Greg Spires today. With today's transaction, the Patriots now report 52 players on their active roster, one under the league's roster limit.  

Spires, 26, started two of 16 games for the Patriots last season and recorded 17 tackles, including six sacks. The 6-foot-1-inch, 265-pound defensive end was selected by the Patriots in the third round of the 1998 NFL draft. The Florida State product played in 42 games over three seasons and made three starts for the Patriots. He accumulated 47 career tackles, including 9.5 sacks for 74.0 yards, and had four passes defensed

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