Another surprising, yet not surprising name released this afternoon, with Christopher Price of WEEI reporting via Twitter that the Patriots have released runningback Sammy Morris.

Morris has been battling injuries the past couple of seasons, and most had wondered whether or not he’d be able to survive this year’s roster. ¬†It looks like the 34-year old’s tenure with the Patriots is finally over, with the team continuing to move to a younger group that now includes the likes of BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Danny Woodhead, Stevan Ridley, and Shane Vereen. ¬†Kevin Faulk is expected to survive the cut and start the year on PUP.

As for Morris, the 11-year veteran was signed by the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent on March 3, 2007, and played these final four seasons in New England.  He had his best year in 2008 when he rushed for 727 yards.

More to come….