Patriots Place DB Chad Scott On IR

FOXBORO, Mass. -- The New England Patriots have placed defensive back Chad Scott on Injured Reserve with a knee injury.

Chad Scott's knee injury forced the Patriots to place him on the injured reserve list, ending his season. Scott was hurt during practice when he leapt for a pass and landed awkwardly. He fell to the ground clutching his left leg (knee), and had to be carted off the field by the team trainers.

The replacement for Scott appears to be defensive back Randall Gay, with Tory James ready to come off the bench. Scott had been filling in for cornerback Asante Samuel who is embroiled in a contract dispute.

Scott played in 17 regular season games for the Patriots, with nine starts, since joining the team in April 2005. He was signed through the 2007 season. His transition to the IR list may signal the end of his career in Foxboro as the Patriots drafted Brandon Meriweather in the first round and Mike Richardson in the sixth to build youth at the position.

Scott, 32, spent ten seasons in the league after being selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round (24th overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 108 games recording 459 career tackles, 21 interceptions, 92 passes defended, 1 forced fumble and 2 fumble recoveries.

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