FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots have informed veteran center Russell Bodine of their intention to release him Friday, a league source confirmed, although it might be a temporary move.

The release comes one week after traded a sixth-round draft choice to acquire Bodine from the Buffalo Bills.

are re-signing center James Ferentz to fill Bodine’s spot, according to a league source. That is a reflection of seeking a player who is more familiar with the team’s system, as Ferentz was with the team in training camp and all of 2018, and is more ready to step in should center Ted Karras be injured.

placed starting center David Andrews on season-ending injured reserve with blood clots in his lungs, which led them to acquire Bodine.

The Globe first reported ’ intention to release Bodine, who appealed to , in part, because of his experience (74 career starts).

Karras, a 2016 sixth-round pick, has five career starts.


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