|Pats place four on season-ending IR, including Bodden||08.31.10 at 7:04 pm ET|
The Patriots made five roster moves on Tuesday evening — they have placed defensive backs Josh Barrett (shoulder), Leigh Bodden (shoulder) and Brett Lockett (chest) and defensive lineman Darryl Richard (foot) on season-ending injured reserve and released defensive back Terrence Johnson.
With the moves, they have pared their roster to the NFL mandatory 75-man limit.
The biggest news involves Bodden. The 6-foot-1, 193 pound cornerback grew into an important figure in his first season with New England — he started in 14 of the 15 contests he played in and tied for the team lead with five interceptions and led the team with 17 passes defensed. Bodden was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 11) for his performance in the Patriots’ 31-14 win over the New York Jets on Nov. 22 after tying a team record with three interceptions. He returned the first of his three interceptions in the Jets game 53 yards for a touchdown, the first interception return for a touchdown of his career.
On Twitter Tuesday evening, Bodden sounded an optimistic note: “Overwhelmed with the love from every1! Y’all kno imma bounce back.. I’ve been hitting bumps my whole career…& always seem to get past’m … This will be no different!!”
Now, with the loss of Bodden, second-year cornerback Darius Butler and rookie Devin McCourty — who saw plenty of time in practice and in preseason games after Bodden went down — will almost certainly have more on their plate this season.
One player who was sad to see Bodden’s season come to an end was Cincinnati wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. Bodden and Ochocinco have engaged in some spirited trash-talk via Twitter in advance of the season opener between the Patriots and Bengals. Upon hearing the news about Bodden, Ochocinco wrote: “bruh you in my prayers on a speedy recovery, you give me hell when we play and i was looking forward to next weeks game.”
Here’s a look at the rest of the players who were involved in Tuesday’s transactions:
•Barrett, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound safety from Arizona State, was claimed off waivers from Denver by the Patriots on Aug. 6. He was originally drafted by the Broncos in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL draft. He has played in 20 games with three starts during his two seasons in the NFL and has totaled 25 tackles on defense and 13 special teams tackles. Last season, he appeared in 14 games and finished with two tackles on defense and eight special teams tackles.
•Lockett, 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, was claimed off waivers from Cleveland by the Patriots on Sept. 7, 2009. He was originally signed by the Browns as a rookie free agent out of UCLA on May 5, 2009. Last season with New England, he played in 10 games and finished with two tackles on defense and five special teams tackles.
•Richard, 6-foot-4, 295 pounds, spent the entire 2009 season on the New England practice squad after originally joining the team as a seventh-round draft pick (234th overall) out of Georgia Tech.
•Johnson, 5-foot-9, 190 pounds, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of California University of Pennsylvania on April 20. He was released by the Patriots on Aug. 23, and then re-signed on Aug. 29.
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