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Patriots release LB Eric Martin from the 53-man roster

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced today that they have released LB Eric Martin.

Martin, 24, made the 53-man roster out of training camp and played in the opening game vs. Pittsburgh on Sept. 10, before being released on Sept. 12. He was signed to the practice squad on Sept. 16 before being re-signed to the 53-man roster on Nov. 12. Martin played in the last two games and finished with three special teams tackles. He was originally signed to the Patriots practice squad on Dec. 29, 2014. The 6-foot-2, 250-pounder, entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with New Orleans out of Nebraska on April 28, 2013. He was released by New Orleans on Aug. 27, 2013, and was claimed off waivers by Cleveland on Aug. 28, 2013. Over two seasons in Cleveland (2013-14), Martin played in 29 games with one start and registered 14 total tackles. Martin was released by Cleveland on Dec. 26, 2014 before being signed to the New England practice squad.

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