The Patriots informed linebacker Paris Lenon that he will be released by today's 6 p.m. deadline, according to a league source.
Lenon was one of the candidates to fill the void created by Tedy Bruschi's retirement. He was projected to be on the roster bubble.
In the Patriots' final preseason game, in which the team was playing mostly reserves, Lenon lined up at inside linebacker in the 3-4 alignment next to Eric Alexander. With Lenon being informed of his release, that could be seen as good news for Alexander, who doesn't contribute much on the regular defense but is a core special teams player.
Because an official move doesn't have to be made until 6 p.m. -- and there are a lot of moving parts at this time -- it's always possible that the Patriots could make a late change.
But at this time, Lenon has been informed that he will be released.