The Patriots announced Thursday they placed second-year running back Tyler Gaffney on injured reserve. The 24-year-old running back was claimed off waivers from the Panthers in July 2014 after Carolina drafted him in the sixth round that year. Gaffney also missed the 2014 season due to an injury he suffered in training camp.
The Patriots released six players and placed two on injured reserve to get down to the 75-man limit. Released were defensive lineman Ben Bass, defensive backs Jemea Thomas and Travis Hawkins, receivers Derrick Johnson and Wilson Van Hooser, and linebacker Deontae Skinner.The team put rookie running back Tyler Gaffney and rookie linebacker Cameron Gordon on injured reserve.
According to ESPN Boston, the following players are not expected to dress for the Patriots Friday night against Philadelphia: wide receiver Aaron Dobson, safety Tavon Wilson, safety Kanorris Davis, tight end D.J. Williams, tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, linebacker Cameron Gordon, linebacker Jerod Mayo, linebacker Ja'Gared Davis, linebacker James Anderson, center Bryan Stork, offensive tackle Chris Martin, defensive tackle Dominique Easley, wide receiver Jeremy Gallon, tight end Rob Gronkowski, defensive tackle Ben Bass, defensive tackle Jerel Worthy, defensive tackle Chris Jones, running back Tyler Gaffney, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard and defensive tackle Sealver Siliga.
The Patriots claimed rookie running back Tyler Gaffney off waivers from the Panthers after Carolina "tried to sneak him through waivers and into IR," reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. Gaffney tore his lateral meniscus Friday and is out for the season.
Panthers rookie running back Tyler Gaffney will miss the season after being diagnosed with a torn lateral meniscus, the Associated Press reports. Gaffney, who suffered the injury on the first play of Friday's practice, will require surgery to repair his injured knee. Taken in the sixth round of this year's draft, the rookie will face a long road to recovery before offseason activities kick off next year.
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