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Chad Ochocinco released by Patriots

Receiver had continued trouble grasping playbook

FOXBOROUGH - The Patriots released receiver Chad Ochocinco Thursday, ending a relationship that began 10 months ago with great promise and the veteran declaring he had arrived in “heaven.’’

Earlier in the day, Ochocinco was absent from the on-field portion of organized team activities. He was present for the prior two sessions the media had watched, and had been a steady presence at Gillette Stadium since teams were allowed to open facilities for workouts in March.

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