Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/28/11

The New England Patriots on Friday released cornerback Leigh Bodden, NBCSports.com reported.

The release of Bodden continues the uncertainty in New England's secondary, the worst in the NFL.

Prior to the season, the Patriots released two-time Pro Bowl safety Brandon Meriweather. And Devin McCourty, who had seven interceptions as a rookie last season, has been targeted more than any cornerback this season, surrendering 35 catches for 496 yards and two TDs.

Bodden is in his second season with New England after spending five years with Cleveland and one with Detroit. He has 18 career interceptions.

New England's 5-1 start has been fueled by offense that has masked a shaky defense. The Patriots lead the NFL in passing yardage allowed with 322 per game.

Kyle Arrington starts alongside McCourty, with Patrick Adams and Antwaun Molden as backup cornerbacks. The Patriots play Pittsburgh on Sunday.

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