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Bill Belichick on Joey Galloway’s release: “We moved on on that one… It just didn’t work out.”

Belichick5The news of the release of Patriots receiver Joey Galloway came earlier today, and it was made official shortly thereafter.

Yet coach Bill Belichick hadn’t weighed in on it until a few minutes ago. As you may have seen on this Tweet, he was pretty bummed about the whole deal.

We moved on on that one,” Belichick said. “He’s had a great career. It was one of those things that didn’t work out. I don’t think it’s anybody’s fault or anything to pinpoint. Just one of those things that didn’t work out.

On the release of TE Michael Matthews, Belichick said,  “He came in and did a good job, but we decided to move in a different direction.” Oh, and the team did not have to give up that 2011 pick for him, since he didn’t meet the conditions…

As for the roster, Belichick said the two reserve guysMark LeVoir and Brandon Tate –  did practice but have not been activated. Then he gave an inkling for what’ll happen later in the week.

Certainly there’s a good possibility by the end of the week, we’ll add somebody in those roster spots,” he continued. “Could be a practice squad guy, could be a PUP guy. I don’t know yet. I’m not going to commit to it until we have a chance to see them.

If you want some more notes…

– Sammy Morris will be back “at some point” otherwise he would’ve been placed on IR. That was Belichick’s indication. Not sure how long he’s out…

– Belichick said Tully Banta-Cain was released for a procedural move, and is back now. Didn’t want to get into the details. And neither did Tully.

– Belichick is pretty pumped about going to London, saying it’s a game he’ll remember for years…

 – Sam Aiken was named captain of the special teams by an “overwhelming margin.” Said some nice things about his contract extension.


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Patriots beat reporter Ian R. Rapoport joined the Herald in July of 2009 after three years covering Alabama and coach Nick Saban for The Birmingham News. Though sad to see him go, Saban takes comfort in knowing Ian will be covering his buddy, Bill Belichick. A Boston-born Columbia graduate who grew up in New York, Ian emerged from a trek into the Deep South that lasted five years, the first two of which he spent covering Mississippi State for The Jackson Clarion-Ledger. Along the way, he picked up blogging, Twittering, and a funny accent. He also met his wife, known as The Banktress, who moved to Boston without ever having seen snow.

Karen Guregian has been a member of the Boston Herald sports staff since 1984, covering the Patriots beat full-time for the past two seasons. A Chelmsford native and Northeastern grad, she followed the Bruins for eight seasons, has been a regular in the paper's Red Sox coverage and has covered nearly every major sporting event during her Herald career, including the World Series, Super Bowl, Stanley Cup finals, NBA Finals and numerous professional golf majors.

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