RBs Gillislee, Bolden among Patriots' cuts

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Veteran running backs Mike Gillislee and Brandon Bolden headed the list of cuts as the New England Patriots got down to the NFL's 53-player limit.

Gillislee, signed as a restricted free agent before last season, ran for 383 yards and five touchdowns in nine games.

He and Bolden became expendable with the signing of free agent Jeremy Hill, who ran for 1,633 yards and 20 touchdowns with Cincinnati in 2015 and '16 before an injury last year ended his season after just seven games. He signed with the Patriots as a free agent in March.

Cornerback/kick returner Cyrus Jones, a second-round pick in 2016 who missed all last season, and rookie quarterback Danny Etling were among 26 players released. Four others were placed on injured reserve, including offensive linemen Isaiah Wynn and Ulrick John, wide receiver Braxton Berrios and linebacker Christian Sam.

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