Rams WR Donnie Avery hurts knee

Updated: August 27, 2010, 10:34 AM ET
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- St. Louis Rams receiver Donnie Avery left an exhibition game against the New England Patriots with a right knee injury.

Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo was not positive when asked about Avery's diagnosis.

"Donnie probably has a significant knee injury," Spagnuolo said after the Rams' 36-35 win. "We will know a little bit more when we get the tests."

Avery, who led Rams wide receivers with 47 catches last year, was hurt with 1:32 left in the first half Thursday night. He jumped for Sam Bradford's long pass down the right sideline, fell and clutched his right knee as the ball dropped incomplete.

Before Avery was carted off the field, Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker went over and extended his hand. Welker is playing again after having surgery for a torn ligament in his left knee in February.

Avery, a second-round draft pick out of Houston in 2008, had 53 receptions as a rookie and started 28 games in his first two seasons. He caught 2 passes for 48 yards Thursday before being injured.

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