Updated 4:57 p.m. ET, Friday, Sept. 3, 2010
The Patriots began making their cuts Friday by releasing veteran DL Damione Lewis and OL Eric Ghiaciuc.
Lewis, an 11-year veteran, was in on only four tackles this preseason.
With the loss of DE Ty Warren (hip) for the season, the Patriots' D-line has some question marks, but clearly the Patriots believed Lewis did not significantly improve the depth on the line.
Lewis started all 16 games last season for the Panthers but was a major disappointment this preseason, especially when the Pats could have used any help they could get on an injury-riddled defense that also lost starting CB Leigh Bodden for the season with a shoulder injury.
DL Ron Brace, a second-year player out of Boston College, has performed well and likely will be the main backup on the defensive line. Rookie DE Brandon Deaderick and second-year DT Myron Pryor are likely to be the other backups on the line.
Ghiaciuc, a 6-4, 303-pounder, was signed by the Patriots on Aug. 4. He is a veteran of five NFL seasons with the Bengals and Chargers.
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