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Patriots release LB Marques Murrell and WR Jeremy Ross

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  August 30, 2011 11:46 AM

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FOXBOROUGH -- The Patriots have announced the release of linebacker Marques Murrell and wide receiver Jeremy Ross today.

The team also officially announced the signing of long snapper James Dearth. Here are some details about Dearth courtesy of the Patriots.

Dearth, 6-4, 265 pounds, is a veteran of eleven NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns (1999), New York Jets (2001-2009) and San Diego Chargers (2011). Originally a sixth round draft pick by the Browns in 1999 out of Tarleton State, Dearth has played in 146 career NFL games with one start. He has been used primarily as a long snapper but caught three passes for 10 yards with one touchdown in 2001 with the Jets.

Last season, Dearth signed with Washington but was waived prior to the start of the regular season. He signed with San Diego in early September but was injured in practice and spent the season on injured reserve.

Murrell first joined the Patriots in March 2010 after playing three seasons with the New York Jets.

The Patriots signed Ross as an undrafted rookie free agent out of California. He finished his time at Cal second all-time in punt return average with an average of 15.2 yards a punt.

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