Patriots officially release RB Montee Ball

The New England Patriots formally released running back Montee Ball on Tuesday.

Ball, who was jailed Friday on a felony battery charge after an apparent dispute with his girlfriend, had spent the end of the 2015 season on the practice squad, and his contract expired Feb. 1. He was promptly signed by the Patriots to a future deal for 2016, although it was never officially announced.

Tuesday, four days after he was arrested, Ball was officially waived by the Patriots, according to the NFL's official transactions report.

Ball was charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, for an incident at a downtown Madison hotel early Friday. He will not face felony charges.

A criminal complaint says Ball also was charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly striking the woman on the face five days earlier.

Ball was released from jail Monday. He is due back in court March 1.

A Wisconsin product, Ball was a second-round draft pick by the Denver Broncos in 2013 after scoring 83 touchdowns for the Badgers. He was cut before the regular season started in 2015 and spent most of this past season out of football before being signed to the Patriots' practice squad in December.

Information from ESPN's Mike Reiss was used in this report.