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Super Bowl 2012: Rutgers Football Alum, Tiquan Underwood, Released By Patriots Night Before Championship Game

New England Patriots wide receiver Tiquan Underwood, a alum of the Rutgers football program, has been released by the AFC Champions less than 24 hours before the kick off to Super Bowl 2012. The Patriots, who play the New York Giants in Super Bowl 46 (6:30 p.m. ET on NBC), let go Underwood to allow for the promotion of defensive end Alex Silvestro, reports the Boston Herald Patriots' blog.

"I am told there were not disciplinary reasons for the move," wrote the blog. "Underwood did not do anything wrong, and I expect him to be back next year. But perhaps they wanted another defensive linemen on the field."

The blog also said that this almost guarantees that Patriots' wide receiver Chad Ochocino will be on the active roster.

Underwood, who played at Rutgers from '05-08 and was drafted in the seventh round by the Jacksonville Jaguars, played in just six games for the Patriots this season. In those games, Underwood snagged three catches for 30 yards, including a 13-yard reception against the Denver Broncos in the Patriots' Divisional-round victory.

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