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By PFW staff

The Patriots released DT Albert Haynesworth on Sunday, according to PFW Patriots correspondent and Boston Herald writer Ian Rapoport, who first reported the news.

The Pats traded a fifth-round pick in 2013 to the Redskins for Haynesworth in the offseason. Haynesworth has missed two games because of injury. In the six games in which he has played, Haynesworth has three tackles and two QB hits.

Haynesworth got in a confrontation with defensive line coach Pepper Johnson during Sunday's loss to the Giants. According to Adam Caplan of, the Patriots would be on the hook for the remaining $705,881 of Haynesworth's salary for the rest of the season if he is not claimed.

Haynesworth played in just one second-half snap Sunday, according to ESPN Boston. On that snap, Giants RB Brandon Jacobs ran for a touchdown while Haynesworth was dominated out of the play by a Giants O-lineman.

When asked about Haynesworth's playing time in Monday's press conference, Belichick replied that it was "rotation-related."

The way we see it

Haynesworth has been a major disappointment in New England. He had trouble staying healthy and made little-to-no impact when on the field. His work ethic has always been questioned, and it clearly was not what it needed to be to remain a Patriot. It would be a surprise if another team claimed him by Wednesday's deadline.

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