Patriots release WR Austin Collie, add WR LaQuan Williams

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Tom Brady won't have Austin Collie to talk to in the huddle anymore. (USATSI)
Tom Brady won't have Austin Collie to talk to in the huddle anymore. (USATSI)

The Austin Collie experiment is over in New England. After spending almost exactly one month with the Patriots, Collie was cut on Tuesday. New England originally signed Collie on Oct. 3 to help with the team's depth problems at wide receiver.

In four games with New England, Collie caught three passes for 34 yards. The 27-year-old wide receiver suffered a knee injury in the Patriots 55-31 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday. Collie was released with the vested veteran injury designation, according to the Boston Globe. This means his knee likely played a role in New England's decision to release him.

Collie's knee isn't the first injury he's dealt with in his career, he's suffered a number of concussions and he also suffered a ruptured patella tendon last year. The fifth-year receiver has only played in a total of five games over the past two seasons.

To fill Collie's spot on the roster, the Patriots added LaQuan Williams. The 25-year-old receiver spent the past two seasons in Baltimore where he caught four passes for 46 yards. The Ravens signed Williams as an undrafted free agent out of Maryland in 2011.

 
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