Patriots release WR LaQuan Williams

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots announced the release of wide receiver LaQuan Williams, the former Baltimore Raven who had been signed on Nov. 5 and was expected to provide help on special teams.

Williams didn't play in a game for the team, and it was reported after he signed, by the Baltimore Sun, that he is being sued after an alleged incident outside of a Washington, D.C., strip club.

With an open roster spot, it could pave the way for the Patriots to activate running back Shane Vereen off the injured reserve/designated to return list. Vereen, who starred in a season-opening win over the Bills, broke his wrist in that game and has been sidelined since. He's practiced in each of the past three weeks and this week marks the first time he's eligible to be activated.