The New England Patriots got some good news today, regarding the eligibility of their long snapper, Joe Cardona.

 U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus mentioned, a couple of weeks ago, that Cardona had been assigned to a ship and might have to put his NFL career on hold in the upcoming season.

On Friday, Mabus went back on the Dan Patrick Show, where he made his first announcement, and announced that Cardona will be cleared to play for the Pats again this season.

Knowing that Cardona's eligibility to play this season might have been in jeopardy, New England signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and Cleveland Browns long snapper Christian Yount to the roster.

Yount might be used during camp and kept around for the first few weeks as an insurance policy, but as long as Cardona is good to go, he'll mot likely retain his role with the team.

With no need to carry two snappers being extremely unrealistic, look for the Pats to release Yount prior to the start of the season.