The Patriots have made a surprising move at quarterback today, informing backup Kevin O'Connell that he has been waived, according to a league source.
O'Connell, a third-round draft choice in 2008, was considered the leading candidate to be the team's top backup to Tom Brady entering training camp. O'Connell struggled in the team's preseason win over the Redskins on Friday, throwing two interceptions.
In addition to Brady, the team now has five-year veteran Andrew Walter and rookie free agent Brian Hoyer on the roster at quarterback.
This could open the possibility that the Patriots pursue a veteran quarterback in a trade.
The decision comes after Brady hurt his right throwing shoulder Friday night, when tackled by 350-pound Albert Haynesworth. Brady didnít play again after the hit.