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Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Pats place top pass defender Bodden on IR

By Tim Graham

In trimming their roster to the mandatory 75-man limit Tuesday, the New England Patriots made a surprising move.

Bodden
Bodden
They placed their top cornerback, Leigh Bodden, on season-ending injured reserve. That might leave them with the NFL's least experienced starting tandem at cornerback: rookie Devin McCourty and sophomore Darius Butler, who started five games last year.

Bodden has a shoulder injury, the Patriots announced. Bodden later tweeted he would undergo surgery. He also hurt his knee early in training camp.

He started 15 games last year, including the postseason, and tied for the team lead with five interceptions. His 17 passes defensed were more than double the next-closest cornerback.

The Patriots also put defensive lineman Darryl Richard (foot) and defensive backs Josh Barrett (shoulder) and Brett Lockett (chest) on injured reserve and released defensive back Terrence Johnson.

The AFC East's other big personnel move Tuesday was the New York Jets' decision to keep quarterback Kellen Clemens and waive Kevin O'Connell.

Clemens was on the verge of being released when he agreed to a pay cut to remain the third quarterback, a tough pill to swallow for a 2006 second-round draft choice. But Clemens wanted to stay make a Super Bowl charge with his boys.

ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini reports Clemens dropped his $1.1 million salary to a little more than the veteran minimum of $630,000.

The Jets also claimed pass-rusher Ricky Foley off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks. Foley had 12 sacks for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League last year.