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Patriots release Ras-I Dowling

The Patriots released perpetually injured cornerback Ras-I Dowling Wednesday, cutting the former second-round pick after two-plus seasons.

Chosen 33d overall out of Virginia, Dowling made a quick impression on the coaching staff and started the first game of his rookie season against Miami in 2011. He started in Week 2 against the Chargers before suffering a hip injury that ultimately led to him being placed on injured reserve.

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