New England Patriots Release Defensive Lineman Jonathan Fanene

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 25: Michael Johnson # 93 and Jonathan Fanene #68 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrate a sack during the game against the San Francisco 49ers on September 25, 2011 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 49ers defeated the Bengals 13-8. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

According to Adam Caplan the New England Patriots released defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene on Tuesday. Fanene had missed the previous 13 practices with a knee injury, which has largely opened doors for other players that eventually replaced him. The former Bengals defensive lineman (especially known for his versatility) left Cincinnati for a three-year deal worth $9.85 million and a $3.85 million signing bonus. According to ESPN NFL Insider John Clayton, Fanene may require arthroscopic surgery, which may happen later this week.

Fanene spent seven seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, generating 13.5 quarterback sacks, including a 6.5-sack effort during his final season last year.

Should the Bengals look into bringing him back? And please, don't say the most obvious "well it depends on his health". (Great. Now everyone is going to say it)

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