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Jets release Steve Weatherford less than a week after signing him

New York Jets kicker Nick Folk and holder

New York Jets kicker Nick Folk and holder Steve Weatherford watch a field goal against the New England Patriots during a game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. Photo Credit: AP / Winslow Townson

And just like that, Steve Weatherford's reunion with the Jets is over.

The team officially announced the punter's release on Wednesday morning -- and indication that Ryan Quigley likely will be healthy enough to play Sunday in Oakland.

"Thank you to @nyjets for the fun experience to represent New York once more," Weatherford tweeted. "I enjoyed every moment. Best of luck & thank you. #Blessed"

The Jets signed Weatherford on Saturday before flying to New England for an AFC showdown with the Patriots after Quigley showed up to the facility with a severely swollen right shin.

However, Weatherford struggled in his first NFL action since the preseason. He averaged 40.3 yards on four punts in Sunday's 30-23 loss. His longest punt was 50 yards, but he had zero inside the 20 and his 31-yard punt gave the Patriots excellent field position on an eventual scoring drive in the second quarter.

"It was fun being back out there today," Weatherford said after the game, adding that he had punted only three times in the past seven weeks, including once last week with his 7-year-old snapping the ball. "But obviously, I'm not very happy at all with the way I punted. This team fought hard. This is a good football team."

The veteran punter spent two seasons with the Jets [2009-10] before winning a Super Bowl with the Giants. The Giants released him Sept. 4 because of his sizable contract.

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