31 Aug 2010
Bad news for the Patriots: Cornerback Leigh Bodden has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the entire season.
Bodden had been struggling with a knee injury.
The Patriots, from what I can tell, become the first team to place two defensive starters on injured reserve before the beginning of the season since the 2003 Cardinals, who placed Kyle Vanden Bosch and Duane Starks on IR before Week 1. That team finished dead last in points allowed and defensive DVOA. Before them, the 2000 Chargers placed Raylee Johnson and Eric Hill on IR before the season tipped off, and while they went 1-15 and allowed the third-most points in the league, they finished 11th in defensive DVOA.
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