The NFL can be a cruel business for players on the fringes of a roster, and nobody knows it better than Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Tiquan Underwood.
Underwood spent most of the 2011 season and postseason - including Super Bowl week - with the New England Patriots, but coach Bill Belichick released him the night before the big game.
''It was tough,'' Underwood recalled Monday, ''but coach Belichick makes all his roster decisions on Saturday whether it's Week 1 or the day before the Super Bowl. It doesn't matter.''
Underwood was replaced on the roster by defensive tackle Alex Silvestro, who didn't play in the Patriots' 21-17 loss to the New York Giants.
''(Belichick) had to make a decision and I was one of the latter guys on the depth chart, so it's part of the business,'' Underwood explained. ''He's going to make the best decision for his team for that game, and he did that.''
As if to make it a little worse, the Patriots re-signed him two days after the Super Bowl, then...