New England Patriots cut Leon Washington, Marquice Cole

Rueben Randle #82 of the New York Giants catches a pass in front of Marquice Cole #23 of the New England Patriots in the second quarter during the preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 29, 2013
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The New England Patriots cut veteran running back Leon Washington along with defensive back Marquice Cole.

The New England Patriots have released veteran running back Leon Washington and defensive back Marquice Cole.

Washington joined the Patriots during the off-season after he was released by the Seattle Seahawks despite having made the Pro Bowl last year.

The 31-year-old finished last season with the second-highest kickoff return yard average in the NFL, but a mixture of competition in the running back position and the emergence of LeGarrette Blount as a potential kickoff returner resulted in him being deemed surplus to requirements.

Cole, meanwhile, has also been cut having spent a year with the franchise, playing in 14 games last season.

The 29-year-old played mostly as a cornerback but also appeared at safety on a number of occasions.

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