Patriots release two rookie free agents

The Patriots signed 19 rookie free agents before the start of rookie minicamp Friday and Saturday, and two were released Monday: running back Quentin Hines and linebacker Ian Sluss.

Hines spent the 2012 season at Akron, with 35 carries for 194 yards (5.5-yard average) and one touchdown. He began his college career at Cincinnati.

The Patriots designated Hines as waived/injured, meaning he could be claimed by another club, but if not, he reverts to the team’s injured reserve. Hines tweeted that he tore his labrum during rookie camp, an announcement that surely will not go over well with Bill Belichick.

Sluss was named Portland State’s most valuable player last fall after making 104 tackles, four interceptions, and four fumble recoveries.

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