Patriots Place Veteran DL Mike Wright on IR

The Patriots placed veteran defensive lineman Mike Wright on injured reserve with a concussion.

Signed by New England as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Cincinnati in 2005, Wright has 133 tackles and 15 quarterback sacks in 81 games over the last six-plus seasons.

Wright posted five quarterback sacks in 2009 and led the Patriots with 5.5 sacks in 2010. However, Wright was limited to 10 games last season due to a concussion and the 29-year-old sustained another concussion in the Patriots’ Week 1 win over the Miami Dolphins.

The latest concussion kept Wright out of practice the last few weeks. Wright returned in a limited capacity last week, but did not participate on Wednesday. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick issued a statement, via Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe, on Thursday night:

“Mike did everything he could to return and contribute to the team. Unfortunately, we felt the best course of action was to place him on injured reserve at this time.”

Cornerback Phillip Adams has been re-signed to take Wright’s place on the 53-man roster.

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