Patriots place WR Patten on IR
Patten underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday at Massachusetts General Hospital after missing New England's last three games.
The 29-year-old Patten had been experiencing pain since jamming his leg into the turf while making a catch in a September 21 game against the New York Jets.
After sitting out the following week, Patten played in wins over Tennessee and the New York Giants and caught four passes for 68 yards. But the pain persisted and prevented him from playing in New England's last three games.
A seven-year veteran, Patten was the Patriots' No. 2 receiver to Troy Brown since joining the team in 2001 - New England's championship season. He caught 61 passes for 824 yards in 2002, but had just nine catches for 142 yards in five games this season.
Second-year player Deion Branch has replaced Patten as the starter alongside Brown and has a team-leading 29 receptions for 427 yards and two touchdowns. Branch had a 66-yard TD in Monday's 30-26 win at Denver.
David Givens, another second-year player, has moved into the role of third receiver and had the winning 18-yard touchdown catch Monday.
The Patriots on Friday also waived rookie safety Shawn Mayer, who played primarily on special teams in three games after spending the first six weeks on the practice squad.
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