Brandon McGowan lost for season

Updated: September 5, 2010, 2:00 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

The New England Patriots made a flurry of moves Saturday to reach the NFL's 53-man roster limit, and none was bigger than the release of veteran Derrick Burgess, a projected starter at an outside linebacker position that is one of the team's biggest question marks.

In a mild surprise, the club also released 2009 special teams captain Sam Aiken, as well as the leading special teams tackler from last season, outside linebacker Pierre Woods.

In addition, hard-hitting safety Brandon ...

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