Pats Make Moves As They Prepare For Playoffs

Patriots place DL Mike Wright on IR
      FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -The New England Patriots have placed
defensive lineman Mike Wright on injured reserve after he missed
the last six games of the regular season with a concussion.
      Wright registered a career-high 5.5 sacks in 10 games this
season. The six-year veteran signed as a rookie free agent with New
England in 2005.
      He is the second defensive lineman to go on IR since the
Patriots finished the regular season with a 14-2 record and the top
seed in the AFC playoffs. Second-year player Ron Brace was placed
on the list earlier this week with an elbow injury.
      The team also suspended rookie Brandon Deaderick for undisclosed
reasons, compounding the depth problems in the line.
      The Patriots added journeyman defensive lineman Atiyyah Ellison
to the roster on Tuesday.
      
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