Oct 21, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots linebacker Jermaine Cunningham (96) before the start of the game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots final roster cuts: Jermaine Cunningham released

It’s not easy being a second-round draft pick of the New England Patriots these days. Just one day after 2012 second-rounder cornerback Ras-I Dowling was released by the team, the Patriots have cut ties with 2010 second-round defensive end Jermaine Cunningham.

Pro Football Talk had the initial report.

The moves are being made as the team creeps closer to the final 53-man roster, which will need to be determined by Saturday afternoon.

Cunningham showed off plenty of promise as a rookie in New England when he cracked the starting lineup, but he rapidly declined last season and even found himself slapped with a four-game suspension from the league for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

While these are just two of the latest early draft picks to be released, the bad news will continue to come for hundreds of players around the league over the next few hours.

It’s part of the harsh reality of the business side of the NFL, but the good news is plenty of these players will have another chance to make their mark in the league.

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