Rookie RB Demps placed on IR

August, 31, 2012
8/31/12
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The Patriots placed rookie running back Jeff Demps on injured reserve Friday.

The team did not specify whether Demps has been placed on season-ending injured reserve or the new shortened injured reserve, where a player could return later in the season.

Demps was signed on Aug. 17. In the fourth quarter of Wednesday's preseason finale, he came up limping after a tackle and had his knee/ankle checked out on the sideline.

He didn't return to the game, but said in the locker room that he was OK.

Demps, the Olympic silver medalist, offered a potentially explosive element to the Patriots' return game. He also projected to add depth at running back.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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