Patriots drop Pass after brief comeback

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Pass, too, shall come to this.

A week after they signed him, the New England Patriots announced Thursday they have released fullback Patrick Pass.

Earlier this week, Pass was doing interviews about his homecoming. It made for a great story, although not an enduring one.

The Patriots drafted him in the seventh round in 2000. He played on their three Super Bowl championship teams and left through free agency after the 2006 season.

He was out of the game in 2007 and 2008 to concentrate on family issues he didn't reveal.

Other notable cuts in the AFC East on Thursday included Buffalo Bills linebacker Blake Costanzo and New York Jets tight end Martrez Milner.