The New England Patriots announced Tuesday they have placed wide receiver Julian Edelman on season-ending injured reserve with a foot injury and re-signed veteran wide receiver Donte' Stallworth.
Edelman injured his foot during Sunday's 23-16 victory over the Miami Dolphins and was reportedly seen leaving the Dolphins' facility on crutches and a protective boot.
Stallworth spent the 2007-2008 season with New England, playing in 16 games with nine starts that year and finished his lone season in New England with 46 receptions for 697 yards and three touchdowns. He was Brady's third receiver on a record-setting offense that featured Randy Moss and Wes Welker and played in Super Bowl XLII in Arizona against the New York Giants.
Stallworth signed a free-agent contract with the Patriots this past March and spent training camp with New England before he was released on Aug. 27 prior to the start of the regular season. Stallworth tried out for the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins earlier this season but signed with neither team.
Edelman's injury comes at a tough time for both the receiver and the Patriots. The 26-year-old was playing arguably some of his best football since being drafted by the Patriots in 2009.
Through nine games (three starts) this season, Edelman had recorded 21 receptions for 235 yards and three touchdown, four rushing attempts for 45 yards and 17 punt returns for 263 yards, including a 68-yard punt returned for a touchdown vs. Indianapolis in Foxborough on Nov. 18. Edelman also returned a fumble on a kickoff 22 yards for a touchdown at the New York Jets on Thanksgiving night.
In addition to the signing of Stallworth and placing Edelman on IR, the Patriots released offensive lineman Mitch Petrus and signed offensive lineman Tommie Draheim and offensive lineman Colin Miller to the practice squad.
Petrus, 25, was signed by the Patriots on Nov. 12 and played in two games as a reserve. He played in six games for the New York Giants in 2012 before being released on Nov. 3. The 6-foot-3, 315 pounder, originally joined the Giants as a fifth-round draft pick (147th overall) out of Arkansas in 2010. Petrus has played in 25 NFL games with three starts.
Draheim, 23, was originally signed by Green Bay as a rookie free agent out of San Diego state on May 3. The 6-foot-4, 309-pounder, was released by Green Bay following training camp and spent one week on the Seattle practice squad in September.
Miller, 25, was originally signed by Pittsburgh as a rookie free agent out of Central Michigan on July 26, 2011. The 6-foot-3, 300-pounder was released by Pittsburgh following training camp. He signed with Oakland in May of 2012 but was released after training before being signed to the practice squad. Miller was released from the Oakland practice squad on Oct. 23.