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Assistant coach Pepper Johnson leaving Patriots

Longtime Patriots assistant coach Pepper Johnson will not be returning to the team for the 2014 season.

The 49-year-old Johnson, who served as linebackers coach for the last two years after eight years as the defensive line coach, also coached inside linebackers from 2001-03, after beginning his coaching career as a defensive assistant in 2000, at the start of Bill Belichick’s tenure with New England.

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