Patriots' Patten on injured reserve

Updated: November 7, 2003, 3:26 PM ET

FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots wide receiver David Patten was placed on injured reserve Friday because of a knee injury and will miss the rest of the season.

New England also waived rookie safety Shawn Mayer.

Patten, a starter since joining the Patriots in 2001, was inactive the past two games after catching just nine passes in the six games he played. He started 14 games in each of the past two seasons, with 51 receptions in 2001 and 61 in 2002.

The seven-year veteran caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady in New England's 20-17 win over St. Louis in the Super Bowl after the 2001 season.

Mayer played in three games this season on special teams and made three tackles. The former Penn State player was signed as a rookie free agent last May and spent the first six weeks of the season on the practice squad.

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