Patriots release backup QB, DL Trey Flowers on Tuesday

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The Patriots waived quarterback/wide receiver Malik Cunningham and released defensive lineman Trey Flowers on Tuesday.

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The team now has an open spot on its 53-man roster. The Pats signed Cunningham to their active roster ahead of their Week 6 loss at Las Vegas, where he was the only available backup to Mac Jones. In his only game action, Cunningham took three snaps at quarterback and three at receiver against the Raiders. He did not accrue any statistics.

Cunningham was a healthy scratch for last Sunday’s win over the Bills.If he goes unclaimed on waivers, The undrafted rookie could re-sign to the team’s practice squad, where he started the season, as soon as Wednesday.

The Pats released Flowers near the end of his 21-day window to be activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list. Had the Patriots declined to activate him this week, Flowers would have been out for the season. The 30-year-old practiced with the team for the last three weeks after missing all of training camp due to injury, but remained sidelined while the Pats rostered just three edge defenders against Buffalo last weekend.

Flowers has appeared in four games over the last two seasons. He recorded four tackles and one QB hit for Miami last year.

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