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Report: Patriots Release Former Browns CB Leigh Bodden

The New England Patriots have reportedly made a surprise move Friday morning, releasing former Browns CB Leigh Bodden, according to Pro Football Talk.  Bodden had been considered the Patriots' best cover corner this season, despite coming off a series of injuries that had limited his play the past few years.

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Patriots head coach Bill Belichick would not confirm or deny the report and when asked about Bodden's play, Belichick replied, "we'll skip that right now".

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Classic Belichick.

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One has to wonder exactly what Bodden may have done to warrant his outright release.  The Patriots face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, and to release a major contributor on Friday morning is highly unusual.  He had been listed as Questionable on the Patriots injury report this week.

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Bodden spent his first five NFL seasons with the Browns - from 2003 through 2007 - before being traded to the Detroit Lions.  He has been with the Patriots since 2009.

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