Albert Haynesworth’s tenture in New England is over before it really started. (FILE:Icon/SMI)

In a somewhat surprising turn of events, the New England Patriots have released defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. The transaction was first reported via Twitter by Ian Rapport of the Boston Herald.

This move comes after Haynesworth was seen having a heated exchange with line coach Pepper Johnson and only participating in 9 of 72 defensive snaps in Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants.

Haynesworth really never got off to a great start in New England and struggled to get into shape throughout his short tenure. A back injury limited his practice and playing time, and could be a factor in his release.

Mike Reiss and ESPNBoston.com charting, Haynesworth was on the field for 133 of 561 snaps (including penalties) this season.

The 6-foot-6, 350-pound defensive tackle, was traded to  the Patriots on July 29 for a 2013 draft pick. He will need to be claimed by 4:00 pm ET tomorrow or the New England will have to pay the remaining $705,881 in his contract for this season.

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