Pats release TE Ben Heartsock

New England Patriots Logo

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots have released Ben Hartsock four days after signing the tight end.

The 10-year veteran spent the past three seasons with the Carolina Panthers. He previously played for the Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets. He has 31 catches for 312 yards and one touchdown in 131 games. Last season he played in 13 games with no receptions.

Hartsock was one of three tight ends signed by the Patriots on Sunday along with Steve Maneri and Terrence Miller.

The Patriots need depth at the position with Rob Gronkowski practicing but not participating in contact drills as he recovers from knee surgery and Michael Hoomanawanui sidelined for an undisclosed reason.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s