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Report: Miller released

Miller time is over, apparently.

According to a report on Boston.com, the New England Patriots have released veteran punter Josh Miller. In the story, Miller's agent, Glenn Schwartzman, offered a gracious statement about the team's move.

"He enjoyed his time in New England and it was great to win a championship. We're appreciative of the chance to get on the market a bit early and find Josh a new home."

So, it looks like a two-man race to succeed Miller, with first-year players Danny Baugher and Tom Malone the finalists. Both punters, who were on the Patriots practice squad last season, played this past spring in the now-defunct NFL Europa league.

Earlier this year, Miller may have had a premonition about his future with New England.

"If I'm healthy," the 6-4, 225-pounder said after the final day of mini camp this past June, "I personally think I'm one of the top [punters] in the league. So, I don't care what happens. As long as I'm healthy, I don't care who's here, or who they bring in."

He went on to say that he felt he would be employed somewhere in the NFL this season, whether it was with the Patriots or some other NFL club. It seems he'll now have a better chance with the latter.

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