The Patriots on Wednesday announced the release of defensive lineman Mike Wright and guard Rich Ohrnberger. Both finished the 2011 season on injured reserve.
For Wright, this could spell the end of the 29-year old's seven-year NFL career, the entirety of which he spent with the Patriots after being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2005. After playing in 70 games in his first five seasons, Wright's 2010 and 2011 campaigns were ended by concussions.
Speaking to reporters last October, Wright discussed the after-effects of his 2010 concussion, and gave the impression that his playing future was in doubt. In the final season of his contract, Wright was scheduled to earn $2.355 million in base salary in 2012.
Ohrnberger, a fourth round draft choice of the Patriots in 2009, was placed on injured reserve with a head injury on Sept. 3. In three seasons, Ohrnberger played in five games for New England, all as a reserve.