On April 22, the New England Patriots have made two minor transactions when the team signed two free agents: long snapper Christian Yount and linebacker Tony Steward. While the former is still on the roster and could even become a critical member of the team due to Joe Cardona's unclear status regarding his Navy commitment, the latter no longer is.
According to the NFL's transaction wire (and via Mark Daniels), the Patriots have waived Steward today:
Patriots released LB Tony Steward today. They now have an open roster spot.
The 23-year old originally entered the NFL as a sixth round draft pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2015. After appearing in seven games, his rookie season ended on injured reserve in December. Steward's tenure in Buffalo subsequently ended in April, when the Bills released him.
The Patriots picked up Steward a few days later, but he was a long-shot to survive final roster cuts despite Jerod Mayo's retirement and the team's inexperienced depth behind starters Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins. It turns out that Steward wasn't even able to reach final roster cuts.
Due to the transaction, New England now has one open spot on its 90-man roster.