Patriots Cut D. Gronkowski, Sign Underwood

Derek Havens
November 09, 2011 at 08:00am ET

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The New England Patriots announced several transactions on Tuesday afternoon, highlighted by the release of Albert Haynesworth.

The team also announced the release of tight end Dan Gronkowski and the signing of receiver Tiquan Underwood.

Gronkowski has been utilized as the third tight end, primarily in a blocking role and only was in for one play in Sunday's loss to the New York Giants. The 26-year-old was originally signed by the Patriots on Sept. 7, 2011 and played in the first two games before being released on Sept. 23, 2011. He then was re-signed to the Patriots on Oct. 11 and has played in the last three games.

Underwood is now in his second stint with the Patriots, as he was originally signed for a few days in the preseason before the club released him Sept. 3. The receiver is considered more of a special teams player than actual wideout. His speed and return ability could be an intriguing aspect to the Pats coaching staff.

In other news, New England also released offensive tackle Thomas Welch from the practice squad. I would expect to see Ross Ventrone replace Welch and return to the squad in the near future.

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