Tiquan Underwood is drawing Super Bowl XLVI attention because of a different kind of cut.The New England Patriots waived the backup wide receiver on the eve of Sunday night’s game against the New York Giants at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Underwood – who arrived in Indianapolis with a Patriots logo shaved in the back of his wild hi-top fade – is being replaced by practice-squad defensive end Alex Silvestro.
Such last-minute roster decisions are common for the Patriots as the franchise shapes its game-day roster. A source told FOXSports.com that Underwood’s release was “totally a football decision” and not related to any off-field problems involving Underwood at the Super Bowl.
Still, the timing of Underwood’s release has come across public-ally as cold considering he practiced with the team all week as well as the magnitude of Sunday’s game.
Silvestro, who was signed as a rookie college free agent from Rutgers, will likely be activated for Super Bowl XLVI to provide defensive line depth. He played in one game this season, registering two tackles against Miami in December.
Underwood handled his release with class, wishing the Patriots luck on messages sent from his Twitter account. Underwood also said he will use this situation as motivation for the future.
“THANK YOU Everyone For Your Support & Sympathy,” Underwood wrote on a Sunday morning Tweet. “Im Fine, This Will Only Make Me Stronger…Tough Times Never Last But Tough Ppl Do.”
I know he went home after getting cut and shaved all his hair off.