Patriots reportedly releasing TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins so he can focus on personal issues

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FOXBORO -- There was a reason why tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins wasn't present at Patriots minicamp Tuesday.

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, the team is releasing the veteran tight end. The report adds he’s taking a step away for a month for personal issues. It's unclear if the Patriots, or any team for that matter, will be interested in him once he returns.

Seferian-Jenkins was signed this offseason as a free agent.

The Patriots now have a tight ends depth chart of Ben Watson, Matt LaCosse, Stephen Anderson, Ryan Izzo and Andrew Beck. Watson is also suspended for the first four games.