The Patriots announced that third-year defensive end/outside linebacker Shawn Crable has been waived.
The move is a minor surprise considering that Crable has been on the game-day 45-man roster in each of the last five weeks. He's played six games overall this season, with his primary role as a sub rusher off the defensive left side. He has been credited with four tackles and a half-sack this season.
Crable (6-5, 250) was a third-round draft choice of the Patriots in 2008 and he seemed to be capitalizing on a second chance with the team after he was waived at the start of training camp. He had not appeared in a game in 2008 and 2009, in part because of injuries, but prior to today's roster move, had carved out a specialized niche as a sub rusher this year.
Crable still has practice squad eligibility.