The Patriots have informed receiver/safety Ray Ventrone that he has been released, according to a league source. Also, the team plans to place rookie offensive lineman George Bussey (knee) on season-ending injured reserve, according to his agent.
Ventrone, a fourth-year player, has made various contributions to the team since 2005 -- some coming behind the scenes in practice, others on game day as a strong special teams player. He appeared in 17 regular-season games with the Patriots, 15 of which came last year.
Bussey, the team's fifth-round draft choice out of Louisville, played in the team's final preseason game against the Giants on Thursday. It was his lone action of the preseason and he lined up at right guard and right tackle. Bussey has had swelling in his knee, according to his agent Cary Fabrikant, and will now undergo surgery. Bussey remains under contract with the Patriots and compete for a roster spot in 2010.
Teams don't have to make their moves official until 6 p.m. There are a lot of moving parts at this time, and it's always possible that the team could reverse field on a decision if things change before the deadline.