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New England Patriots place wide receiver Josh Boyce on injured reserve

Josh Boyce #82 of the New England Patriots runs by T.J. Ward #43 of the Cleveland Browns in the 2nd half at Gillette Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
(Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Josh Boyce is out and veteran receiver Austin Collie is in. As ESPN Boston reported on Jan. 2, the New England Patriots have placed Boyce on season-ending injured reserve.

The rookie wide receiver suffered an ankle injury in the fourth quarter of the team’s loss to the Miami Dolphins and hasn’t played since Dec. 15. The timing is bad for Boyce who started to produce and become a contributor in the absence of the Patriots other rookie receivers, Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins.

Boyce, a fourth round pick out of Texas Christian, wasn’t a major contributor, but did play in nine games with nine receptions for 121 yards and 214 yards on nine kickoffs. With nagging injuries to both Dobson and Thompkins, the Patriots are concerned about depth at the wide receiver spot and have brought back Collie to fill the void left by Boyce.

Josh Boyce joins a long list of Patriots players already on season-ending injury reserve. He joins Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo, Tommy Kelly, Sebastian Vollmer and Rob Gronkowski. Although the news is bad for Boyce who will miss his first playoff experience, the Patriots should see more growth from him entering into next season.

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