Patriots cut LB Murrell, WR Ross

The Patriots announced that veteran linebacker Marques Murrell and rookie receiver Jeremy Ross, two longshots to make the roster, have been released.

In addition, the team finalized the previously-reported signing of veteran long snapper James Dearth.

This puts the Patriots at the 80-man roster limit. All teams are required to be at 80 by 4 p.m. ET today.