Former UMaine football player Trevor Bates confirms with NEWS CENTER he was released from the New England Patriots practice squad Tuesday.

In a text message, Bates said that while he's disappointed, he hopes to be picked up soon.

The release comes two days after reports surfaced that the 24-year-old was signed to the practice squad. He was cut by the team Saturday, according to the Press Herald.

The Patriots announced they instead signed Willie Beavers to the practice squad. The 23-year-old was originally drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round of the NFL Draft last year. Minnesota released him Saturday.