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Patriots place PK Gostkowski on injured reserve

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By PFW staff

The Patriots have placed PK Stephen Gostkowski on injured reserve with a thigh injury.

Gostkowski aggravated a quad strain during last Sunday's Browns game. He reportedly felt the thigh tighten up in pregame warmups and then it got worse after a kickoff in the second quarter. Wes Welker had to handle kicking duties thereafter, and the productive wide receiver connected on his only extra-point attempt.

Prior to landing on I.R., it was believed that Gostkowski would miss a couple of games.

The Patriots signed PK Shayne Graham on Tuesday to fill in for Gostkowski.

The way we see it

Apparently the Patriots didn't want to give up a roster spot while waiting for Gostkowski to heal and decided to go with a proven, veteran kicker for the rest of the season.

Graham, 32, has connected on 85.2 percent of his field-goal attempts during his career. Gostkowski, who had never missed a game in his Patriots career, has hit on 84.3 percent of his FG tries.

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