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Patriots release James Morris

Iowa Hawkeyes linebacker James Morris (44) breaks up a pass intended for Missouri State Bears wide receiver Maddy Johnson (22) during the first half at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, September 7, 2013. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)
Iowa Hawkeyes linebacker James Morris (44) breaks up a pass intended for Missouri State Bears wide receiver Maddy Johnson (22) during the first half at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, September 7, 2013. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)

The New England Patriots have released former Iowa linebacker James Morris, the team announced on its website Tuesday afternoon.

Morris, a Solon native, agreed to terms with the Patriots shortly after the NFL draft on May 10. He officially signed with the team on May 16.

Morris is the second Iowa player released in as many days. Former Iowa guard Conor Boffeli was released Monday by the Minnesota Vikings. Former Hawkeyes Markus Zusevics (tackle) and A.J. Edds (linebacker) were signed to free-agent contracts by the New York Jets on Monday.

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