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NFL's Colts release former LSU star Booger McFarland

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Defensive tackle Anthony "Booger'' McFarland doesn't fit into the Indianapolis Colts' short-term plans.  McFarland, still on the mend from injuries that ended his 2007 season, was released Wednesday in cost-cutting moves. The Colts also cut linebacker Rob Morris. "I'd say I'm surprised, but, really, I'm not,'' Karl Bernard, McFarland's agent, said Wednesday evening. "This is the NFL, and nothing surprises me anymore.'' The Colts freed up approximately $8 million in salary-cap space. McFarland, 30, was due a base salary of $6.85 million. Cutting Morris, 33, saved $1.1 million.

McFarland, the Winnsboro, LA native who played at LSU, missed the '07 season after tearing the patella tendon in one of his knees during the first week of training camp. The Colts acquired him in a 2006 trade with Tampa Bay, sending the Buccaneers a second-round draft pick. McFarland started 15 games with Indy, including its Super Bowl win over the Chicago Bears. There was no comment from the Colts on the moves. Bernard had hoped the team would at least approach him about addressing McFarland's contract to lower the prohibitive cap number. That never happened.

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"It's a little disappointing because there was no attempt to redo the contract, and that's something Anthony would have been interested in,'' Bernard said. "It's also disappointing because of how the team brass acknowledged his contributions when he played and the fact he's well ahead of schedule with his rehabilitation."

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