Patriots release OL Thomas Welch

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Patriots release OL Thomas Welch

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. The New England Patriots announced today that OL Thomas Welch has been released.

Welch was drafted out of Vanderbilt in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Welch had two stints on the Patriots' 53-man roster this season, as well as two stints on the practice squad.

Welch, 6-7, 310 pounds, spent most of his rookie season last year on the Minnesota practice squad. He was released by Minnesota on September. 3, 2011 and then was signed to the Patriots practice squad.