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Patriots release WR Michael Jenkins, place OL Tyronne Green on injured reserve

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  August 15, 2013 02:38 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- The Patriots announced they have released veteran wide receiver Michael Jenkins and placed offensive lineman Tyronne Green on injured reserve.

The team also released offensive lineman Kevin Haslam.

Jenkins, 31, was the most accomplished wide receiver on the Patriots roster, having caught 354 passes over nine seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings. But he had fallen behind in the competition at wide receiver, missing a number of practices because of an undisclosed ailment. He returned to the practice field this week but couldn't get any repetitions with the first or second team.

Jenkins's release is further indication that the team is comfortable with its young group, including rookies Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce.

Green, 27, who had re-signed with the team July 25, had been inserted at right guard for a time as the Patriots worked through some interior line injuries. But for the last two weeks, he had been missing from practice.

Haslam, 26, a three-year veteran who was claimed off waivers May 22, never made an impact on the team.

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