ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 18: Thomas Howard #53 and Jonathan Fanene #68 both of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrate Fanene's sack against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on December 18, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Jonathan Fanene Cut By Patriots, Reportedly Needs Surgery

According to a report, Jonathan Fanene was cut by the Patriots with the "failure to disclose physical condition" label.

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Jonathan Fanene Will Undergo Surgery, According To Report

Defensive end Jonathan Fanene will be getting his left knee scoped today, Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe reports. Fanene could possibly end up on another team in four to eight weeks.

Fanene was cut by the New England Patriots yesterday with the designation of "failure to disclose physical condition", a new option implemented by the NFL this year. Fanene has missed the last 13 practices because of his knee injury that might require arthroscopic surgery. Fanene did pass a physical before signing his contract, though.

The Patriots picked up Fanene as an unrestricted free agent on March 20, 2012 and gave him a $3.85 million signing bonus after spending his entire career with the Cincinnati Bengals. It's quite possible that the Patriots will go after that signing bonus. Since Fanene seems healthy enough to play football this season, it's possible that trying to grab that bonus back was the primary reason for this move.

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More To The Story Of Jonathan Fanene's Release From Patriots

The New England Patriots released defensive tackle Jonathan Fanene on Tuesday, raising more than a few eyebrows in NFL circles.

Now, it appears the reasons behind the release are starting to come into focus. According to Ross Tucker, Fanene was cut because he didn't tell the team about a physical condition. Tucker also says it's likely that New England will try to recoup the $3.85 million signing bonus it agreed to in the offseason.

The Patriots released Fanene with the designation of "failure to disclose physical condition", a new option implemented by the NFL this year.

Head coach Bill Belichick had little to say on the matter before practice on Wednesday morning, per ESPN.

"It just didnt work out," Belichick said, repeating remarks on Fanene from Tuesday. "Nothing to add other than that, it just didn't work out."

The 30-year-old missed the last 13 practices because of a knee injury that might require arthroscopic surgery. Before signing his contract with New England, Fanene did pass a physical.

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Patriots Release Jonathan Fanene, Two Others

The New England Patriots announced on Tuesday that they have released defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene, offensive lineman Kyle Hill and kicker Chris Koepplin.

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