Winslow release for 'personal reasons'

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick opened his Friday news conference by addressing the release of veteran tight end Kellen Winslow:

"Yesterday, I had a discussion with Kellen. We talked about several different things. At the end of that discussion, I felt that it was best that we release Kellen for personal reasons. So that's what we did, and our roster is currently at 52 [players] and we'll just go from there."

On Twitter, Winslow wrote: "I would like to express my gratitude to the Patriots organization and wish them a great season. ... I'm lookin forward to my next opportunity in the NFL and continuing to play the game I Love!"

Other quick hits from Belichick:

On the Bills. "It's a team doing a lot of things well, very active and aggressive up front on defense, a lot of playmakers on offense and in the kicking game. They've played very well the last couple of weeks. We need to play our best this week. It's always tough on the road in Buffalo, so we'll really have to do a good job in all three areas."

On the possibility of rookie DL Marcus Forston returning on practice squad. "There may be. If we have something, we'll get it to you."

On assessing CB Devin McCourty's season. "Probably like the whole rest of the team -- some good, some not-so good. There are things we can all work on."

On if McCourty is still an ascending player. "Yeah, Devin works hard. I think he improves, and tries to improve on everything you tell him to do."

On the agreement between NFL & referees. "My focus is on Buffalo. That's where it needs to be."