Patriots Reduce Roster

Posted Aug 31, 2004

As expected, the Pats made only 3 roster moves in order to comply with Tuesday cut down day. The League mandates that each team trim their roster to 65 players, plus whatever players played in NFL Europe this past season. In the Patriots case, they had to reduce the roster from 77 to 74, leaving 9 players on the roster who qualify due to their NFLE experience.

The three are: QB Jim Miller, OT Tim Provost; DL Dana Stubblefield

FOXBOROUGH, MA- The New England Patriots released veteran quarterback Jim Miller and offensive tackle Tim Provost. The team also placed veteran defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield on the injured reserve list, effectively ending his season.

Miller was signed by the Patriots on July 19, 2004 after not playing during the 2003. The 10 year vet was the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears in 2001 and 2002. Miller also played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Atlanta Falcons.

Provost was signed by the Patriots in 2003 and spent that season on the practice squad. He was originally drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the 2003 NFL draft.

Stubblefield was signed by the team in August of this year. He was signed as a way to bolster a defense which had lost run stopper Ted Washington during the offseason. Stubblefield played for the San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins and most recently the Oakland Raiders . He was a former first round draft choice of the niners during the 1993 NFL draft.

The next cut down day is September 5th, when rosters must be reduced to 53 players.

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