The Patriots released LB Jeff Tarpinian from the 53-man roster, the team announced Monday.
Tarpinian played in seven games with one start last season and made four tackles. His rookie season ended on injured reserve with a head injury.
This season, Tarpinian has been a special-teams contributor in the past three games after being promoted from the practice squad on Oct. 20.
The Pats will likely fill the roster spot with CB Aqib Talib, who can be activated from his suspension this week.