Pats cut Dominique Easley

New England Patriots defensive tackle Dominique Easley, left, and cornerback Logan Ryan (26) congratulate defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, center, on his interception in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 16-9. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots have released defensive lineman Dominique Easley, a first-round draft pick two years ago.

New England cut the injury-prone Easley, 24, on Wednesday. His first two NFL seasons both ended on injured reserve.

Easley, who had a history of injuries at Florida, was the 29th overall pick in 2014. He missed all but three games in his last season with the Gators because of a torn right ACL. He also had a torn left ACL earlier at Florida.

He played in 11 games last season before a quadriceps injury sidelined him. The previous year ended after 11 games with a knee problem.

New England has made several changes on its defensive line, including trading end Chandler Jones to Arizona and signing free agent DE Chris Long and DT Terrance Knighton.

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