Patten underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee today, repairing a meniscus tear, and would have been lost for a minimum of six weeks. The Redskins opted to promote receiver Rich Parsons, a University of Maryland product, off the practice squad.
Patten was one of the Redskins' prized free agent pickups in a small class. He wasn't expected to be a star, but he was expected to provide help at receiver. He's one of the hardest working players on the roster, but he had struggled most of this season with only 22 catches and averaging less than 10 yards a grab with no scores. He dropped some crucial passes and his size -- he's generously listed at 5-foot-10, 190 pounds -- occasionally worked against him.
The injury will give James Thrash and Taylor Jacobs more time on the field. Jacobs has been a disappointment in his first four seasons. But he's also endured bad fortune, having been hurt each season. Coaches say he's shown more focus in practice this year and has played more physical at times than in the past. Last year, he often worked after practice with defensive backs, but the coaches say his route-running has improved more this season.