by Scott Benson

Mike Reiss is reporting the Patriots’ terse statement on the Deion Branch situation, issued late this afternoon.

It may be the last word on the dispute for today, but this one will surely grind on, ad infinitum, until we’re sick of everyone involved, including ourselves.

Today was one for the books. It had a real Lawyer-Milloy’s-been-released kind of vibe. And who do we play a week from Sunday?

I’m getting goosebumps!

Maybe its an omen. And there’s your silver lining for today.

Actually, Reiss may have another. The Patriots’ opponents won’t have Monty Beisel to kick around anymore. Scroll down from the Branch statement to find the 10 cuts made to the Patriots roster today.

There’s a few surprises – Beisel (just because I figured with Barry Gardner hurt, Monty would survive), and veterans Chad Brown and Eric Warfield. Warfield, a former starter with the Chiefs, was expected to provide veteran depth, but never caught on. Hey, this whole exchange program with Kansas City? W’re getting screwed on it.

Another surprise was the release of 6th round draft pick Jeremy Mincey.

Rookie FA Patrick Cobbs did earn his way onto an opening day roster, apparently – the Pats flipped him to the rival Steelers today for an undisclosed draft pick.

Without looking at my notes, today’s cuts seem like good news for rookie LB’s Pierre Woods and Corey Mays, and 1st year corner Antwain Spann.

That’s it for today.

I think.