The New England Patriots made their mandatory roster adjustments today, and there was one big surprise on the list. Defensive back Leigh Bodden was placed on I/R, ending his 2011 campaign before it began (officially). LB Josh Barrett, DB Brett Lockett and DL Darryl Richard were also placed on I/R. DB Terrence Johnson was released.
Tuesday was the league deadline for teams to adjust their rosters to comply with the 75-man limit. The Patriots did so in an unusual fashion, by placing 80% of the players on injured reserve. Four players were designated as reserve/injured and one, Johnson, was released.
Bodden, arguably the team’s best cornerback, was placed on I/R with a shoulder injury. Shalise Manza-Young of the Boston Globe reported that the injury was a torn rotator cuff. Bodden had been battling a nagging knee injury that sidelined him the first two weeks of the preseason. With Bodden gone for the year it will be up to Darius Butler and rookie Devin McCourty to lead the rest of the team’s defensive backs.
Barrett was placed on I/R with a shoulder injury. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound defender was claimed off waivers from the Denver Broncos earlier this month. He has appeared in 20 games with three starts since being selected by the Broncos in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
Lockett had missed much of camp with an injury. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound UCLA product was listed as having a chest injury. Lockett joined the team via waivers from the Cleveland Browns in September 2009. He landed on the injured reserve list in December with a groin injury.
Richard, a seventh round pick by the Patriots in 2009, spent his rookie season on the team’s practice squad. The 6-foot-4, 290-pound defensive lineman from Georgia Tech was placed on I/R with a foot injury.
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