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.
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.