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Patriots cut ties with LB Ruud

Associated Press / April 30, 2009
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The Patriots yesterday released linebacker Bo Ruud, who spent his entire rookie season on the injured reserve list.

Ruud, who was a three-year starter at Nebraska, was selected by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL draft. He injured his ankle in training camp and missed the regular season.

Ruud's father, Tom, played five years in the NFL, and his brother Barrett is a linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Scouts on the move
Area scouts Jim Nagy and Marvin Allen have left the Patriots in recent weeks, according to league sources. More changes with members of the team's personnel staff are expected in the coming days.

Nagy quickly landed in Kansas City, where former Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli is in his first year as Chiefs general manager. Nagy was with the Chiefs for at least a month leading up to the draft. Allen is expected to hook on in Atlanta, where former Patriots director of college scouting Thomas Dimitroff is in his second season as Falcons GM.

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Holmes arraigned
Steelers receiver and Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes was arraigned on a misdemeanor marijuana charge stemming from a traffic stop.

Holmes's attorney, Robert DelGreco Jr., appeared at the brief hearing where charges were formally presented. Holmes did not appear.

DelGreco said he planned to challenge the constitutionality of the stop.

Pittsburgh police said they found three marijuana-filled cigars in Holmes's car when he was pulled over Oct. 23. Holmes was stopped because his car was similar to one they were looking for in a drug sting.

Coach Mike Tomlin deactivated Holmes for a game following the traffic stop. He was not arrested and received a court summons, which is common with misdemeanor charges in Pennsylvania.

Home confinement
Michael Vick will be released from federal prison camp in Leavenworth, Kan., to serve out the rest of his sentence in home confinement May 20, Herb Hoelter, a member of Vick's defense team, and another source with knowledge of the sentencing told ESPN.

Vick will serve out his home confinement period in a five-bedroom home he owns in Hampton, Va., where he will live with his fiancée and two of his children. He will also work 40 hours a week at a construction company, making $10 an hour.

Vick's sentence ends July 20. He will be on supervised probation for the next three years.

Colts re-sign Keiaho
The Colts reportedly have re-signed linebacker Freddy Keiaho, a two-year starter who was an unrestricted free agent. The Indianapolis Star reported that Keiaho's agent, Frank Bauer, confirmed the signing but would not disclose terms of the deal . . . The Saints have agreed to a lease extension that will keep the NFL team playing home games in an improved Louisiana Superdome through the 2025 season. The team also released veteran defensive tackle Hollis Thomas, 35, who missed the first half of the 2008 season after hurting his triceps in training camp . . . Cornerback Brandon Sumrall was waived by the Giants after he failed his physical. The Giants had announced earlier Sumrall had been awarded to the team after being waived by the Colts . . . The Jaguars released offensive tackle Charles Spencer, four days after using their first two draft picks to revamp the line. The Jaguars drafted tackles Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton in the first two rounds. The team signed Spencer in September after backup offensive tackle Richard Collier was shot and paralyzed . . . The Broncos signed veteran linebacker Nick Greisen and released fullback Andrew Pinnock . . . The Falcons signed running back Verron Haynes, who spent the last six seasons as a backup with the Steelers . . . A Bills spokesman says Linda Bogdan, a vice president and daughter of owner Ralph Wilson, has died. The team did not provide her age or cause of death but she had reportedly been battling cancer.

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