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August 27, 2013

Tebow safe, vet LB Koutovides among Patriots cuts

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tim Tebow survived the New England Patriots’ cut to 77 players on Monday.

The Patriots must make two more moves before Tuesday’s league deadline to get to 75.

The final 53-man roster will be announced Saturday and Tebow has no idea of what will happen between now and then.

“I’m just focused on today,” Tebow said Monday, after the team went through its first practice since Thursday night’s 40-9 preseason loss to the Detroit Lions.

Tebow, trying for a roster spot as the No. 3 quarterback, didn’t play in that game and there has been speculation he’ll get plenty of playing time in Thursday night’s preseason finale against the New York Giants.

Prior to Monday, though, there was also speculation the left-hander could be gone in the first cuts.

In other words, no one seems to know what’s going to happen.

“I learned very early on in my career at Florida to worry about what I can control and the things that I can’t control I’m not going to spend time worrying about,” Tebow said. “But I can control my attitude, my focus every single day and those are the things that I’m going to worry about.”

Nine-year NFL linebacker Niko Koutovides was among those released.

Koutovides, who played the past two years in New England, saw action in the final 14 regular-season and both postseason games last year. He made eight special teams tackles and one on defense in the regular season, then made one stop in the playoffs.

While Tebow went through another day of “trying to get better,” wide receiver Danny Amendola and linebacker Jermaine Cunningham, who both sat out the game in Detroit, were back on the practice field.

And on a back field, tight end Rob Gronkowski, coming off back and arm surgeries, was working on individual drills.

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