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Belichick issues statement on Mike Wright

10.13.11 at 7:54 pm ET

FOXBORO — Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who usually does not address the media on Thursday, issued a statement through the team Thursday afternoon in the wake of the decision to place defensive lineman Mike Wright on injured reserve for the rest of the season with a concussion.

‘€œMike did everything he could to return and contribute to the team,’€ said Belichick of Wright, who suffered a concussion in the regular season opener against Miami. ‘€œUnfortunately, we felt the best course of action was to place him on injured reserve at this time.’€

The 29-year-old Wright was in his seventh NFL season, all with the Patriots. He was having the best year of his career last year, when he had 5.5 sacks before a concussion in Week 10 against the Steelers ended his season. This season’€™s concussion was the second in nine months.

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