FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots released rookie LB Antonio Appleby today. Appleby was originally signed by New England as a rookie free agent out of Virginia on April 30, 2009.
LB Antonio Appleby, 22, played in 48 games for the University of Virginia from 2005-08. The 6-foot-3-inch, 245-pound linebacker totaled 227 tackles in his collegiate career, including 16.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. He also recorded an interception and six passes defensed. Last season, the Virginia Beach native played in 11 games and had a career-high 72 tackles, including 7.5 tackles for loss.