Dec 10, 2012; Foxborough, MA USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Donte

New England Patriots place Donte' Stallworth on injured reserve

I can’t take it anymore. The injury bug just keeps biting away at the New England Patriots, and the pass-catchers have been hit the hardest. Another wide receiver is out for the season, and this man is new No. 3 wideout Donte’ Stallworth, who was put on the injured reserve with a high ankle sprain.

Stallworth was signed as the new No. 3 wideout after the devastating season-ending injury to WR Julian Edelman (broken foot), and the depth just keeps getting eaten away at. I loved the signing of Stallworth, and he made an impact in the lone game he played in on a 63-yard touchdown catch. His speed and athleticism on the outside takes further pressure off of the guys on the inside, and Stallworth is one of the few players on the team who can make a home-run play in the passing game. I wish him the best in his recovery, and I hope the Pats bring him back next season if he is still productive.

With Stallworth out, the Patriots will now turn to Deion Branch again. They re-signed the veteran wideout after cutting him a couple of weeks ago due to a hamstring injury. He has been solid as a blocker and as veteran depth this season, but he hasn’t made much of an impact in the passing game. But with Stallworth gone, Branch is clearly the best option left.

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