Patriots release DL Silvestro

Rookie defensive lineman Alex Silvestro, who was promoted from the practice squad Saturday and played on defense and special teams in Saturday's win over the Dolphins, has been been released.

If Silvestro clears waivers, he is likely to return on the team's practice squad, where he's spent the majority of the year.

Silvestro played 11 snaps on defense against the Dolphins (in both the base and sub defense) and also was on the punt return unit.