In one of the more stunning moves of the preseason, the New England Patriots have reduced their roster to 75 players by, among other things, placing cornerback Leigh Bodden on injured reserve.
The team announced the move earlier today.
Though the official release from the Patriots claims that Bodden’s season was ended due to a shoulder injury, multiple media outlets have attributed the move to a knee injury.
Bodden, who signed a one-year deal in 2009, re-signed with the Patriots in March, agreeing to terms on a four-year, $22 million deal.
Also placed on IR were safety Josh Barrett (shoulder), defensive back Brett Lockett (chest), and defensive lineman Darryl Richard (foot). Defensive back Terrence Johnson was waived, completing the reduction from 80 to 75.
Bodden did not play in New England’s first two preseason games. He came off the bench in Week Three against the Rams.
UPDATE: Bodden suffered a torn rotator cuff, according the multiple reports.