Patriots reportedly to release center Bryan Stork

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Center Bryan Stork, who started Super Bowl XLIX for the New England Patriots, will be released by the team Wednesday, the NFL Network reported.

Stork, a fourth-round selection out of Florida State in 2014, was thrown out of a joint practice on Aug. 16 for losing his temper and wildly swinging punches at Chicago Bears linebacker John Timu during an 11-on-11 drill.

Bill Belichick's longstanding rule is that if a player fights in practice, he is ejected, as that is what would happen in a game.

Stork entered training camp in an open competition for the starting center job with David Andrews, who gained the upper hand after Stork sustained a reported concussion on the third day of camp and then missed a week.