Patriots reportedly release 2017 third-round pick Tony Garcia


The Patriots are releasing offensive tackle Antonio Garcia with a non-football injury designation, a source told ESPN's Field Yates on Friday.

Garcia, a third-round selection in 2017, never played a down for New England.

Earlier this year, the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald reported Garcia's problem had been blood clots in his lungs, an ailment that caused him to be prescribed blood thinners and lose 40 pounds. Over the next few months, New England will be looking for someone to replace Nate Solder, who signed with the Giants during free agency.

Tony Garcia's stint with the New England Patriots has come to an abrupt end. Garcia was actually the Patriots' second pick in the entire draft because the team didn't have any selections a year ago in the first or second round. But he also excelled when he was moved to left tackle last season as he earned first-team All-SEC and second-team All-American honors.

"I want to make this really clear: I really like the guys we have here right now", Scarnecchia said. "And we'll see what we can do from there".

Patriots OL coach Dante Scarnecchia said the team will "take a look at" first-round rookie Isaiah Wynn at left tackle. We look for three traits - smart, tough and athletic enough to play the position - and he's got all three.

The Patriots are left with Wynn, Brown, Cannon, LaAdrian Waddle, Cole Croston, Andrew Jelks, Ulrick John and Matt Tobin at offensive tackle.