Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 9/2/12

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
To get down to that final 53-man roster, every year tough decision have to be made, and Bill Belichick is among the most cutthroat when it comes to putting aside personal relationships to make the best choices for fielding a winning football team. In that vein, 22 players were cut by the Patriots on Friday, including established names such as Deion Branch, as the team looks a week ahead to the Tennessee Titans. The remaining players in the locker room were admittedly sad to see some of their friends and teammates walk out the door, but also realize that the...

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